Xiyuan Temple is located in Liuyuan Road, Tumen, Suzhou City. It was built in the Yuan Dynasty and was named as Yuanyuan Temple. During the Jiajing Period of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1522–1566), Tai Tai was placed in the East Garden (now named Liuyuan), and the Guiyuan Temple was changed to a home garden. There are four buildings in the temple, such as the Heavenly King Hall, the Daxiong Hall, the Wubai Luohan Hall, the Guanyin Temple and the Tibetan Classical Building. Among them, Luohantang has outstanding features. In the center of the church, there is a thousand-handed Guanyin, which is carved from the whole camphor wood. It is not far away, there is a special Buddha statue with four different faces on all sides. It is said to represent the four famous mountains of Buddhism and their main gods.
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In Xiyuan Temple, you will find noodles, cats, and birds. This is a great place to take a walk on sunny days. When visiting Xiyuan Temple in winter, you’ll see cats in the underbrush, under the trees, and on the paths. There are also pigeons who love to eat cooked and uncooked rice, steamed buns, and maize here. You can also try vegetable noodles - it's impossible to get sick of them!
Xiyuan Temple, Xiyuan Road, Gusu, Suzhou. The best temple in Suzhou so far. A folklore says two turtles were freed into the pond in Ming dynasty! And now they would be over 400 years old!! Visitors who are lucky enough to have seen them consider themselves being blessed.