Located in the inner city, Wenshu Yuan Monastery was originally built during the Sui dynasty from 605 to 617. The monastery underwent reconstruction in 1697 after being destroyed by war towards the end of the Ming dynasty. Its timber buildings are spread across more than 20,000 square meters and house over 200 Buddhist statues made from bronze, iron, clay, wooden, and stone sculptures. You will also find many relics of cultural significance, including classical books, paintings, and calligraphy. Perhaps the most auspicious finds here are what’s alleged to be the finger bone and parietal bone relics of two revered legends: Sakyamuni Buddha and Master Xuanzang. In keeping with the lifestyle espoused by the Buddhists, there is a vegetarian restaurant and teahouse in the temple that is open to the public. Perfect for sampling a little Zen experience in situ.
Update: December 01, 2021