Huacheng monastery, (in) Jiuhua, Anhui, CN

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“Short distance away from Longhua Temple Complex 龙华寺 along the main street, is the building of Jiuhuashan's oldest temple, Huacheng Temple 化城寺 which is nested in the valley of Huacheng ranges at Jiuhua Old Street.,
Huacheng Temple is actually A Buddhist Cultural Exhibition Hall. “ -

“Huacheng Temple - the first temple to be built on this mountain [=Jiuhua Mt.] in 751” -

Huacheng Temple is the first temple and also the leading temple in Mount Jiuhua. It is said in Long'an 5th year (401), Jin Dynasty, Indian monk, Huaidu, built a small Buddhist temple here. During Kaiyuan years of Tang Dynasty, Tanhao monk was in charge and called it "Huacheng" […] In Zhengyuan 10th year (794), Jin Qiaojue [Kim Gyo-gak (김교각, 金喬覺, 696-794), or Jin Qiaojue -] died at 99, and fellow monks regarded him as the incarnation of Ksitigarbha or Dizang. Ever since Huacheng Temple was dedicated to [the cult of] Dizang." -

“Huacheng temple - China / Anhui / Chizhou / […] Coordinates:   30°28'52"N   117°47'48"E” -

"Huacheng Temple – Built in 401, Huacheng Temple is the first temple on Jiuhua Shan and the most important one. It is dedicated to a monk JinQiaojue who died in that temple at the ripe old age of 99 and was regarded as a incarnation of Dizang, the bodhisattva in charge of the six underworlds. The temple was renovated in 1681 and had a total of 72 halls. The temple was partially destroyed in the chaos that followed the cultural revolution and rebuilt in 1981” -
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 03, 2013

"Transforming Monastery (Huacheng si), first built in 757 AD of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), is the site of the first built temple in Jiuhuashan. The original buildings have now all be reconstructed in the style of the originals, so that of the main ones, both the existing archway and Sutras Holding Hall (Canjing lou) were built in the sixteenth century, while the Grand Hall (Daxiong baodian) and the Hall Behind (Hou dian) are of nineteenth century origin. […] Ancient horizontal boards throughout the temple display calligraphy from emperors of both Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1911 AD) Dynasties, and there are also a selection of Sutras within, including the Nirvana Sutras, donated by imperial order.
The temple is also a commemoration of the founder of the temple Kim Kiao Kak (Jin Qiaojue), who, like Wu Xia after him, was allegedly discovered three years after his death. The Main Hall in the temple is now a museum dedicated to this pious Korean Buddhist." -
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 07, 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 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 Huacheng monastery, CN.

General location of the Huacheng monastery, CN.
Lat 30.48116 Long 117.79694
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.48116,117.79694&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Huacheng monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Anhui Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0400-32c - tmciolek 03 Mar 2013
  • 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 03 Mar 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

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

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

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18. Available Printed Literature

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

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