Guoqing monastery, (near) Tiantai/Chengguan, Zhejiang, CN

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“Guoqing Temple - The Guoqing Temple (simplified Chinese: 国清寺; traditional Chinese: 國清寺; pinyin: Guóqīng sì; Wade–Giles: Kuoch'ing Szu) is a Buddhist temple on Mount Tiantai, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. Originally built in 598 AD during the Sui Dynasty, and renovated during the reign of the Qing Yongzheng Emperor (r. 1722–1735 AD), the temple is located roughly 220 kilometres (140 mi) from the city of Hangzhou. It was the initial site for the creation of the Tiantai Mahayana Buddhist school, founded by Zhiyi [= Chigi 智沮 Ch. Chih-i] (538–597 AD). The temple covers an area of some 23,000 square metres (250,000 sq ft) and features 600 rooms in a total of 14 different halls, including the Grand Hall of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Five Hundred Arhats and the Hall of Monk Jigong. The exterior of the building features Chinese pagodas such as the Sui Pagoda, the Seven Buddha Pagoda, and the Memorial Pagoda of Monk Yi Xing (683–727 AD).
[…] The tall brick Guoqing Pagoda built at the temple in the year 597 AD is still standing,[1] making it one of the oldest surviving brick pagodas in China (after the 40 metres (130 ft) tall Chinese Songyue Pagoda built in 523 AD). […] 29.178843, 121.042213”

"Mount Tiantai (Chinese: 天台山; pinyin: Tiāntái Shān; Wade–Giles: T'ien T'ai shan) is in Tiantai County in Zhejiang Province, China, near the city of Taizhou.[1] The mountain was made a national park on 1 August 1988. The Guoqing Temple on the mountain is the headquarters of the Tiantai sect of Buddhism and also a tourist destination. Tiantai Buddhism, named after the mountain, focuses on the Lotus Sūtra. The most prominent teacher of that school, Zhiyi, was based at the Guoqing Temple. Over many years it has been an important destination for pilgrims, especially from Japan. The mountain was visited by Saichō in 805 who went on to found the related school of Japanese Buddhism, Tendai. […] 29.178843, 121.042213" -
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 22, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 03, 2013

Last updated: 03 Mar 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 Guoqing monastery, CN.

General location of the Guoqing monastery, CN.
Lat 29.17304 Long 121.0434
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.17304,121.0434&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Guoqing monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Zhejiang Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.17304 Long 121.0434 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 22 Feb 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0567-99c - tmciolek 22 Feb 2013
  • 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

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 22 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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