Hongfa Temple, Luohu District, Shenzhen China
Add: Xianhu, Liantang, Luohu District, Shenzhen.
Zip Code: 518004
Consulting Tel: 0755-25737095 (the living room)
By bus 382,113, the temple is inner the Shenzhen Xianhu Botanical Garden
Hongfa Temple, located in the Shenzhen Xianhu Botanical Garden, lies in the Wutong Mountains, which is in the east of Shenzhen and known as Shenzhen’s “Green Heart”. It backs on to the abrupt mountains, and faces to Xianhu.
The temple, on the slope of the mountains, has a construction area of more than 30,000 m2. From bottom to top, Vestibule Hall, Heavenly King Hall, Buddhism Cultures Exhibition Hall, Grand Hall, and Hall of Scriptures Collection are spreading out on the invisible central axis. On the sides, there are Monastic Reception, Hall of Patriarch, Qielan Hall, Drum Tower, Mercy Buddha Hall, Ksitigarbha Hall, Gong De Hall, the Abbot’s Residence, Mahaparinirvana Temple, Abstinence Hall, Buddhist Temple, Monks’ cells, Guests Houses, Yunshui Hall and so on. In particular, the Abstinence Hall is one of the biggest abstinence halls in china.
Hongfa Temple’s appearance owes much to the good time of the reform and opening-up. On July 1st, 1985, the temple started to break ground. Different from any other maintained or rebuilt temples which were damaged in the Cultural Revolution, it is a totally new temple. It is also the first temple built after 1949 in china. At that time, the famous dignitary Benhuan Hoshang leaded his disciples personally to expound Buddhist doctrine for the foundation laying ceremony at the bidding of Shenzhen’s department concerned. Though it was at a dead set in building after completing Grand Hall, Hall of Scriptures Collection and Heavenly King Hall, it started up again thanks to the concern of and vigorous promotion by the president Zhao Puchu.
On august 31st, 1990, Hongfa Temple opened up to the public as a venue for religious activities upon approval by Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. And it has become the Buddhism temple that is most worshipped and effective one in Shenzhen City.
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