Banyan Trees Temple, situated on Liurong Road, is a renowned Buddhist cultural site.
Six Banyan Trees Temple was built by the Zen master Tanyu in the Liang
dynasty during the Southern dynasties (386-581) and originally called
Baozhuangyan Temple. It was renamed the Six Banyan Trees Temple by the
famous poet Su Dongpo who was attracted by the six banyan trees surrounding
it in 1,100. This is a very active working temple. The temple was burned
down and rebuilt in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127).
Trees Temple enshrines
three large Buddhist statues: Sakyamuni, Amitabha and Maitreya. The statues
are made of brass in 1633 during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing
dynasty, each is 6m high and weighing 10 tons, being the largest existing
ancient brass images in Guangdong province.
built in 1097, is the major structure in this temple. Still providing
an excellent lookout, the 184-foot pagoda appears to have nine stories,
each with doorways and encircling balconies. Inside, however, there are
17 levels. Named for its colorful exterior, the pagoda has a bronze column
with 1,000 Buddhist sculptures on its top.