Huayan-2 monastery, (in) Datong/Ta-t’ung, Shanxi, CN

Raw data

"The Huayan Monastery complex is located on Daxi Street on the south western side of Datong City, Shanxi Province. There are two separate sections to the monastery, the upper one referred to as the Grand Hall housing five large Ming Dynasty Buddhas, and the lower section referred to as the Sutra Temple containing a library of some 18,000 volumes of Buddhist writings. Built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125), it is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. It was built according to the Huayan Sutra Sect of the Huayan School and is unique in that it faces east instead of south." -

“The Huayan Temple, in the centre of town [Datong], was built in the 1038 during the Liao Dynasty, and restored in 1140 during the Jin Dynasty. The Grand Buddha hall is one of the largest wooden Buddhist buildings still standing from the Jin Dynasty, and the interior has Qing frescoes dealing with the life of Sakyamuni. The temple also houses 1,700 volumes of Buddhist sutras.” -
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 08, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 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 Huayan-2 monastery, CN.

General location of the Huayan-2 monastery, CN.
Lat 40.09160 Long 113.2873
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=40.09160,113.2873&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Huayan-2 monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 40.09160 Long 113.2873 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery and Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 08 Mar 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 1033-66c - tmciolek 09 Mar 2013
  • 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 09 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

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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