Baoguo monastery, (near) Ningbo, Zhejiang, CN

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The Baoguo Temple (Chinese: 保国寺; pinyin: Bǎoguósì) is a Mahayana Buddhist temple located in the Jiangbei district, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Ningbo, in Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. It is noted as the oldest surviving wooden structure in southern China since the main hall of the present temple dates back to 1013 AD during the Northern Song dynasty. […]
The temple was originally called the Lingshan Temple (灵山寺), but in 880 AD, during the Tang Dynasty it was renamed the Baoguo Temple. The main hall was rebuilt in 1013 AD, during the Northern Song dynasty, and is one of the oldest and most well preserved wooden constructions in China. The temple also contains columns dating to the Tang Dynasty, a hall built during the Ming Dynasty, and two halls and towers of the Qing Dynasty. […] 29.9868, 121.527” -

“Ningbo Baoguo Temple, Zhejiang
Baoguo Temple is seated on the mountainside of Lingshan Mountain, about 15 kilometers (around 9.3 miles) away from downtown Ningbo City. As a cultural relic spot under state-level protection, it was initially established in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) and rebuilt and expanded in later dynasties. The present Baoguo Temple is a mixture of constructions made by various dynasties.
At the gate of Baoguo Temple stand two stone pillars with Buddhist scriptures, which date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Inside the temple, along the central axis are located the Mahavira Hall (the Grand Hall), the Kwanyin Hall, the Devaraja Hall and the Scripture Repository. Around the Grand Hall are scattered the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and the Guest House, and so forth.
The Grand Hall is the main construction of the temple. Built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is one of the oldest and the best-preserved example of wooden architecture south of the Yangtze River.”
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 09, 2013

"In 880 of the Tang Dynasty, Monk Kegong of Guoning Temple in Mingzhouguo (the present Ningbo) was sent to Chang'an, to entreat Tang Xizong, the then Emperor of the Tang Dynasty, to have Linshan Temple restored. While in Chang'an, he lectured on Buddhist Scriptures in the Hongfu Temple, thus greatly boosting Buddhism." -
Input by: tmciolek, 14 Aug 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Aug 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Baoguo monastery, CN.

General location of the Baoguo monastery, CN.
Lat 29.9868 Long 121.527
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.9868,121.527&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Baoguo monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Zhejiang Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.9868 Long 121.527 - These coordinates have been confirmed through visual identification of the Baoguo site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 10 Mar 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 10 Mar 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 10 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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