Many people believe in Buddhism in Chaoshan area, with magnificent temples, majestic icons, and numerous cultural relics. Therefore, it is famous for its prosperous incense. It is the first ancient temple in eastern Guangdong and has the reputation of "a land of a million people and a jungle of three thousand worlds". In the middle of Paifang Street
"The Pure Land of Bodhi in the Downtown" When it comes to Chaoshan tourism, many people think of food. Cheap and delicious kuey teow and beef hot pot are reasons to attract many tourists to check in. But in fact, in Chaoshan, there are still many places of interest worth visiting. Kaiyuan Temple in Chaozhou is known as "the land of a million people and a jungle in the world for three thousand people". It is the first ancient temple in eastern Guangdong and one of the four remaining Kaiyuan temples in the country. According to the twenty-sixth year of Tang Kaiyuan, Tang Xuanzong, who believed in Buddhism, under the name of Kaiyuan at the time, built temples in various states and counties across the country. Thus, there is a Kaiyuan Temple covering an area of 100 acres in Chaozhou, far away from the capital Chang'an. Today, more than a thousand years later, the incense continues here. Kaiyuan Temple is located in the downtown area of Paifang Street. It was formerly known as Lifeng Temple. Kaiyuan Temple was built in the 26th year of Kaiyuan in the Tang Dynasty (738). It was called "Kaiyuan Wanshou Temple" in Yuan Dynasty and "Kaiyuan Town Guochan Temple" in Ming Dynasty. After the dynasty, the "Kaiyuan Town Guochan Temple" and the "Kaiyuan Temple" were called together, and the "Wanshou Palace" was added, commonly known as the Kaiyuan Temple and it is still in use today. Kaiyuan Temple has always been a place for blessing the monarchs and preaching official laws. It is famous for its spacious place, magnificent pavilions, solemn icons, numerous cultural relics, and prosperous incense. It is a famous Buddhist temple in China and a holy temple in the eyes of neighboring provinces, overseas Chinese and Southeast Asian tourists. During the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, there have been ten large-scale constructions. The architectural pattern is roughly divided into three parts: the central axis is Zhaoqiang, Shanmen, Tianwang Hall, Daxiong Hall, Tibetan Scripture Building, and Jade Buddha Building. On the east side are the guest hall, Jizang pavilion, Wuguantang, Xiangji Kitchen, Zhaitang, monk's house, Busu Jingshe, and ancestral hall. On the west side are the Abbot’s Chamber, Guanyin Pavilion, Huiye Hall, Monks’ House, Yunshui Hall, Zhutian Pavilion, forming a large courtyard-style ancient building complex. Unlike the temples in southern Fujian, which are mostly guarded by lions, the temples or folks in Chaozhou are mostly "kylins". Chaoshan folks marry men and women, regardless of the lintel of the village gate, ancestral hall gate, hall gate, house gate, and sedan door. , Have to post a red paper strip of "unicorn here". It symbolizes "good luck" and "Jiarui Zhenxiang". In addition to Buddhist temple buildings, when mentioning temples, it is natural to mention the Buddhist scriptures that are regarded as the treasures of the temple. The "Dafang Guangfo Huayan Sutra" of Kaiyuan Temple in Chaozhou is world-renowned, and its origin can be described as a long silence. This "Dafang Guangfo Huayan Sutra" was written by Master Zhicheng who was a monk in the temple during his three-year retreat during the Anti-Japanese War. The entire sutra is more than 800,000 characters. The words are regular, meticulous, and praised by people. Said: "Three years of Prajna's heart, written in Huayan blood." There is a Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan, and they have not been able to find where its ancestral garden is. Later, when the experts and professors arrived in Chaozhou, they discovered that this is the original Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan, and its basic layout is based on the Kaiyuan Temple in Chaozhou. The temple is very quiet, and whether it is a tower or a stone tablet, it has a sense of age. Chaoshan people worship the gods and get close to the Buddha, get started with pure heart and worship Buddha, and go out to the world for fireworks. Perhaps for Chaoshan people, this is life. After all, in this impetuous age, it is always a good thing to have faith!
Large temple complex with very old history. First biilt in the Tang dynasyy during the reign of emperor Kaiyuan