Hualin monastery, (in) Fuzhou, Fujian, CN

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The Hualin Temple (Chinese: 华林寺, not to be confused with the temple of the same name [see Xilai in Guangzhou - tmciolek], founded in 964, is one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in China.

Built during the Song Dynasty which lasted from 960 to 1279, the Hualin Temple is found at the foot of Ping Mountain. It is to the north of the palace. Currently, this is the oldest standing wooden structure in the South China region.
Covering an entire area of 574 square meters, the Hualin Temple stands at 15.5 meters high at its tallest point. It also boasts of a total 18 wooden pillars inside which are supported by an arch. Amazingly, not even one nail was used in the construction of the whole structure.

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On the southern slopes of Mount Pingshan in the north of Fuzhou stands the Hualin Si Temple, from the Tang period (618-907). The main building, the Sumptuous Hall of the Great Hero (Daixong Baodian) built in the Tong era (960-1279), is all that remains of the early edifice, the other buildings having been added during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

The Hualin Temple was built in the second year (964) of the Qiande reign in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The Northern Song Dynasty had already unified the northern component of the nation afterward where the King of Wuyue was taking Fuzhou as a separatist regime by compel of arms. The head of Fuzhou Prefecture positioned the temple, which was originally called the Auspicious Buddha Hall. In the Zhengtong reign (1436-1449) during the Ming Dynasty, it accumulated an decorated plague with the call of the Hualin Temple on it.

Input by: tmciolek, July 31, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 24 Apr 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 Hualin monastery, CN.

General location of the Hualin monastery, CN.
Lat 26.1002 Long 119.2966
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=26.1002,119.2966&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Fujian Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 26.1002 Long 119.2966 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps,, tmciolek, 31 Jul 2012.

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

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0933-66c - tmciolek 24 Apr 2013
  • 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 24 Apr 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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