Xian Famen Temple
Famen Temple is situated in Famen Town 110 kilometers northwest of Xi'an. Although this Temple is a little far from Xi'an, it is valuble religous place renowned for storing the veritable Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha with an intriguing history and it is worth making the effort to visit.
Famen literally means the initial way to become a Buddhist believer. The Famen Temple was first set up during East Han Dynasty. In the year 147 AD, King Asoka of India traveled to Asia, preaching Buddhism. In China, he established Famen Temple and left the fingers of Buddha to be enshrined here.
The original wooden four-storey Famen Temple Pagoda fell down due to an earthquake in 1569. The rebuilt thirteen-storey brick building also collapsed in 1981 due to constantly rainy season.
In the course of rebuilding the pagoda in 1987,an underground vault was discovered under the base of the pagoda. A great amount of Buddhist relics were found including four finger sarira relics.
In May 2009 the Shaanxi government completed the building of a much larger complex adjacent to the Famen Temple. With an area of 150 areas the new "Famen Temple Cultural Scenic Area" extended 150 acres to the old temple complex. The most prominent feature of the new complex is the 148m Namaste Dagoba and vault. The Namaste Dagoba is used to enshrine the only relic of Sakyamuni's finger bone in the world.
Transport: travel Bus 2 at Xi'an train station
Open time: Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm;
Admission: RMB 90 per person
SOS: 0917 - 5258888 - 7120
Enquiry: 0917 - 5258888 - 8680
Complaint: 0917 - 5258888 - 8689
The entrance to the old Famen Temple
The old pagoda used to shrine Sakyamuni's finger bone
The Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian) inside Famen Temple
the 148m Namaste Dagoba which shrines Sakyamuni's finger bone now.
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