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Yuantong Temple

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Address: Yuantong Jie, Kunming, China
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09:00 - 17:00
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5-Hour Small-Group Classic Kunming Sightseeing Tour with Lunch
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Most beautiful temple in the city

Very peaceful place. Beautiful structures and bright colours. In the main temple there are some nicely done carvings of snakes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Severine B
Ghent, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They charge foreigners but not Chinese. Never mind where you were born, what counts is you LOOK Chinese. Not much to see

Thank Simon T
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well preserved Buddhist Temple offering impressive architecture and decoration work. This temple is one the most important Buddhist Temples nation wise. Good to visit in an hour time. 6 RMN entrance fee per person. A must visit site while in Kunming.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very peaceful place. Beautiful structures and bright colours. In the main temple there are some nicely done carvings of snakes.

Thank Severine B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful temple with many different areas and statues. I like that the temple was in use, so we got to see how the Chinese people interacted and used the grounds. It takes about an hour to walk around at a leisurely pace.

Thank Stephanie T
Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Beautiful spot to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. not far from the large park/lake. Terrapins are in abundance in the water around the buildings within the temple. Very enjoyable and well worth visiting. one of my favourite places to visit after a week in Kunming,

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Sandnes, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The temple is rather small and rebuilt in modern times. It is however very serene with small lake with turtles and fish surrounding a pagoda. It also has a larger Chinese Buddhist Hall, a smaller Tibetan Buddhist and a Thai Buddhist hall. The temple is in daily use and is a marvelous little escape from the noise of the surrounding... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Generally speaking, I find a lot of Chinese temples disappointing; ravaged so intensely during the Cultural Revolution, lots of temples give me the impression that they are Disneyland recreations, with fibreglass or plastic statues, and an unauthentic atmosphere. The Yuantong Buddhist Temple was an exception. The entry fee was 6 yuan, which I think is reasonable, especially if it goes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Really beautiful, we went there in the evening. There were many local old people having dinner, the cooking lady was really nice and also gave us three dinner for free =)

Thank Cátia N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

It's just 6rmb to walk in and we were there for a service so the chanting of the monks rang out during our visit. It's a descending temple with a center lake and walking bridges and paths. We stopped first to light a candle and say a prayer. There were hundreds of small turtles and fish in the pond, marble... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful temple. We went there at the end of the day so the atmosphere was very serene. We loved it.

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