Treasure-Forest Chan Monastery

Treasure-Forest Chan Monastery

The chan-sect monastery stands the test of centuries 1 km northwest of the relic site. The grand temple, first built in Qi and Liang regimes in Southern Dynasties, once boasted 1,408 rooms at its heyday, thus being visited by pilgrims from far and near. Through renovation and expansion, the ancient monastery now takes on a stately look imbued with Buddhism. Indeed, it blends religious preaching with modern touring to continue Avalokitesvara culture and Buddhist ethos. The magnificent monastery has been completed and open to tourists in October 2015. Avalokitesvara Pavilion, as high as 91.9 meters, is the centerpiece of the whole monastery. The 39.9-meter-high Statue of Tri-Faced Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Illumining the Myriad Worlds in Ten Directions keeps all in enormous awe.