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Wenshu Monastery

The large Buddhist Wen Shu Monastery in the north of town has become a major tourist attraction in Chengdu and is currently undergoing extgensive renovations — both inside and outside the temple walls. The monastery was built during the Sui Dynasty (605BC – 617BC) and fell in the flames of war during the Ming Dynasty.

The present temple grounds were built under the supervision of Zen Master CiDu HaiYue in 1697, during the Qing Dynasty. Wenshu is the Chinese word for the future Buddha Maitreya, whose presence was felt during the construction of the original temple in the form of a persistent glow. Here you can find a fine cup of green tea and the best vegetarian food in the city. A tourist/culture district is springing up all around the temple, so finding food, souveniers and other cultural knick-knacks should be no problem in the future.

Prices

The entry fee to Wenshu Temple is exceptionally cheap at just 5 yuan. Tea in the teahouse starts at 5 yuan.

Details

Address in Chinese: 成都市青羊区文殊院街66号

Address in English: Qingyang District, Wenshu Road #66

Tel: 028-86935293

Hours: Open 6:30am – 5:30pm

Monastery Website

Notes: A vegetarian restaurant inside Wenshu Temple has an extensive menu with “shark, duck and quail” prices range from 5-25 yuan.

What Do You Think?

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  1. Sascha December 2, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Still one the of the best places in the city to visit if you are here for a short period of time. Also great to get away and have tea in their little teahouse or a veggie meal. A few good spots to be alone and think, even on crowded days. The surrounding district has been renovated for tourism – that’s China – but if you snoop around, you’ll find some really cool little shops among the kitsch.

  2. tigerkuma January 20, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Awesome old-school teahouse with ear-cleaning guy and no f***s given old people. But went recently and it was closed due to renovations (not sure if its gonna return or be redeveloped). A genuine gem in Chengdu

    • Charlie January 22, 2013 at 2:11 am #

      I agree, this is an all-around great place to hang out in Chengdu.

  3. Adrien Becuwe April 24, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Nice place, the street around there is pretty cool, very different from the commercial street Jinli…

    My pictures: http://funandbike.fr/portfolio/chengdu-wenshu-temple/

    • Charlie April 24, 2013 at 3:14 am #

      Yeah, Jinli is one of the most popular tourist sites in Chengdu, but it’s most frequently packed with Chinese tourists and not foreigners. By comparison, Wenshu Temple is quite peaceful.

  4. Jason Cullen June 21, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Mañjuśrī (文殊师利菩萨)is the bodhisattva of (transcendent) wisdom. He should not be confused with Maitreya, the future Buddha. Jesus, guys, get it right! A little Wikipedia work wouldn’t hurt!

    • Charlie June 21, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Jason,

      Thanks for pointing out the bodhisattva mixup! I just corrected the Wenshu description.

      • Jason Cullen June 21, 2013 at 10:07 am #

        I am surprised and delighted by the quick correction! Thank you for providing a place for all things Chengdu! (Sorry if I was a tad snippy!)

        • Charlie June 21, 2013 at 10:09 am #

          My pleasure Jason – always happy to receive help in ensuring the accuracy of information on here. This is something I definitely wouldn’t have caught without your help.

  5. Jason Cullen June 21, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    OH, by the way: you fixed it wrong! Wenshu is Mañjuśrī (or Manjushri), and he is the bodhissatva of transcendent wisdom. Wenshu temple is named after him. Maitreya is not part of the equation (although I suspect he’s greeting visitors at the front of the gate). His name in Chinese is not Wenshu (Wenshu is a phonetic from a time when it was pronounced closer to ‘manju’ in Manjushri), but is 彌勒菩薩 or Mílè Púsa (“pusa” is Chinese for ‘bodhissatva’, and Mile/Maitreya is technically still a bodhisattva while he waits in the heavens to be re-born as the next Buddha.)

    I hope this helped!

  6. Tom December 1, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    So far the best place I have visited in Chengdu. To be there when the monks go to the temple and chant is truly special as is the vegetarian restaurant.

  7. Vanessa December 31, 2015 at 5:36 am #

    Hi, do you know the time the monks chant? We r here one more day and I would love to go. Thanks 🙂

  8. Ruchi February 20, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Lovely place. Very calm and serene.
    The vegetarian buffet for 35RMB is a delight.

    Loved the shopping street as well.

    Less people, easy to walk around.

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