Luoyang is home to some of the most famous Buddhist temples and monasteries in the world.
From the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism at White Horse Temple to the world-renowned kung-fu monks of Shaolin Monastery, there are plenty of wonderful temples in and around Luoyang.
Top Luoyang Temples and Monasteries
White Horse Temple
White Horse Temple is the birthplace of Buddhism in China. It was here that emisarries returning from India with a white horse brought back scriptures and became a centre for Buddhist learning.
In addition to the Chinese temples, later additions include Thai, Burmese and Indian temples constructed on the site. One of the most impressive of Luoyang’s attractions!
Guanlin Temple was constructed in 1596 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) and is one of Luoyang’s top attractions.
The temple is the final resting place for the head of Guan Yu, a respected general of the Shu Kingdom and revered by Taoists, Buddhists and Confucians.
Xiangshan Temple is set into the east hillside across the river from the Longmen Grottoes.
The temple offers fantastic views of the grottoes. Access can only be gained with a ticket for Longmen.
The birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the martial art of Kung-Fu (wushu), The Shaolin Temple is a must see for any visitor to Luoyang.
The temple is located in the beautiful Songshan National Park 2 hours east of Luoyang. See the monks perform jaw dropping displays, wander the temples and pagoda forest, or hike nearby Songshan Mountain.