Guangxiao-2 monastery, (in) Taizhou, Jiangsu, CN

Raw data

"Guangxiao Monastery Located at 115 Wuyi Rd., Hailing, Taizhou City, which was founded during the E. Jin Dynasty and rebuilt through the ages. There remain two Buddhist Abbot’s Buildings in the Qing Dynasty style. In 1988, the temple was renovated thoroughly, with the single-eaved Temple Gate-hall and the double-eaved Heavenly King’s Palace with the Ming Dynasty style and the Most Auspicious Palace with the Song Dynasty style rebuilt according to their historically original appearance on the southeast of the Buddhist Abbot’s Buildings. The whole temple covers an area of 30 mu or so." -

"Guang Xiao Temple was built by Monk Juechan in the reign of Yixi in Eastern Jin Dynasty (405-418AD). In the 8th year of the reign of Shaoxing in Southern Song Dynasty (in 1138) it was given the name of Bao’en Guang Xiao Chansi Buddhist temple and was destroyed by the war twenty-three years later. In the second year of Qingyuan (in 1196) they built a clock tower with about 33 meters high and the Zhuijixian Hall (The Luckiest Hall) which is 55 meters high, the Zhuijixiang Hall of Bao’en Guang Xiao Temple stele written by Lu You is in the temple. Around the year from the ninth year of the reign of Qianlong to the 40th year in Qing Dynasty they built Fragrant Rain Pavilion, left and right corridors, Hall of Guanyin, Hall of the God of Earth, Weituo Hall, Heavenly King Hall, Temple gate, the Abbot’s front and back attics, monk’s dining-hall and so on, and later they built Qianhua altar (where people are initiated into monk hood or nun hood). At that time, Guang Xiao Temple is at its highest point and covers an area of more than 40 mu (a Chinese unit of area 1mu=0.06667 hectares) and over one thousand monks living there."

Input by: tmciolek Sep 28 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Sep 2013

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 Guangxiao-2 monastery, CN.

General location of the Guangxiao-2 monastery, CN.
Lat 32.49279 Long 119.9062
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=32.49279,119.9062&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Jiangsu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 32.49279 Long 119.9062 - based on visual identification of the site in satellite imagery & Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 28 Sep 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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0400-42c - tmciolek 28 Sep 2013
0400-42c 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 28 Sep 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
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