Temple Guangxiao also known as Bright Filial Piety Temple is a place not to be missed. This key National Cultural Preservation Site was once the residence of Zhao Jiande, the Nanyue King in the Western Han Dynasty and during the period of the Three Kingdoms, was used to deliver lectures by the Lord Yu Fan and was later converted into a Buddhist Temple.
A stay in a Service Apartment in Guangzhou such as Ascott IFC Guangzhou would be an ideal option to visit Bright Filial Piety Temple and have a great time while listening to the soothing sounds of monks and nuns chanting.
Located on the northern end of the Guangxiao Road, the Temple has a long history of more than 1700 years and occupies the largest scale in Lingnan area. Interesting stories behind this temple is ideal to be heard from a villager himself. Breathtaking architecture and the three fine statues of Lord Buddha inside the temple are symbols of true Buddhist Chinese Culture.
The main buildings include Mahavira Hall, Sixth Ancestor Hall, Samgharama Hall, Heavenly King Hall, the East and West Iron Towers, and the Mahakaruna Dharani Sutra Pillar. Mahavira Hall is considered to be the most magnificent in South Asia and the East and West Iron Towers are the oldest Iron Towers in China. The Sixth Ancestor Hall was built in memory of Hui Neng, the most influential monk in the history of Chinese Buddhism- Sixth master of the Zen Sect of Buddhism. He had his hair cut and was initiated into monkhood there.
Bright Filial Piety Temple is a much valued symbol of Chinese Buddhism and is very popular among both Chinese and Foreigners. Thereby, this is a must visit for anyone who is interested in admiring the beauty of true Chinese Buddhist Culture and Values.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.