Chinese Buddhist Temple - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Sarnath): 1 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 15 Mins or Less

Place Location: Next To Mulagandha Kuti Vihar

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 500 m from Sarnath Railway Station, and 9 km from Varanasi Junction, the Chinese Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. Next to Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, it is one of the popular Buddhist temples in Sarnath and among the prominent Sarnath tourist places.

The Chinese Buddhist Temple in Sarnath was established in 1939 by the abbot of Beijing, Tao-Kai, and the president of the Eastern Asian Buddhist association, Fa-Yuan-Tsu. The gate and compound wall were erected in 1952. The building is in a bright shade of red and yellow and has beautiful Chinese designs. Inside the Chinese Temple, one can see various statues of different sizes and the Chinese lanterns hanging on the walls.

There is a huge map of the route taken by the Chinese scholar Hiuen-Tsang in the 7th Century AD in the time of the great king Harshavardhana. An important feature of the Chinese Temple is the representation of the life of Buddha through photos and write-ups in Hindi, English, and Chinese on a huge board. It gives a thorough insight of the same in the absence of pilgrims that are present at most sites in Sarnath. It is a relatively simple structure, but immensely peaceful and tranquil.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free