Linggu monastery, (in) Nanjing, Jiangsu, CN

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"Situated at the eastern foot of Zhongshan Mountain, it is a scenic area including Linggu Temple, Beamless Hall, Songfeng Pavilion and Linggu Pagoda, etc.
Linggu Temple
As an ancient temple of the southern dynasty, it was built in 515 AD. The temple was moved here when Zhu Yuanzhang of the Ming dynasty built the Ming Tomb. Part of the skull of master monk Xuanzhuang is preserved in the Memorial Hall of Master Monk Xuanzhuang ven-xuanzang.”

"Linggu Temple is situated on the Dulong Hillock on the left of the Purple Mountain in the northeastern suburb of Nanjing. The temple originally lay before the Wanzhu Peak south of the Purple Mountain.” -

"“Zhongshan Mountain, situated on the eastern outskirts of Nanjing, was originally called Jinling Mountain in ancient times. The name Zhongshan Mountain, first heard in the Han dynasty, has been renowned as one of the “Four famous mountains in areas south of the Yangtze River” since ancient times. Also named Purple Mountain due to its peak frequented by purple clouds, it covers an area of 31 square kilometers, with the main-peak towering 448 meters above the sea level.”

"Linggu Temple, Nanjing, China
(6th century site, 19th-20th century buildings)
Founded in the Liang dynasty (502-557), Linggu temple was once a sprawling monastic complex where Buddhist monks studied in seclusion. Unfortunately, most of the temple was destroyed in the 19th century Taiping rebellion […]"

Has a pagoda, built in 1929, to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives in the War of Northern Expedition (1926-1927) -
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 3, 2011

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 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 Linggu monastery, CN.

General location of the Linggu monastery, CN.
Lat 32.060525 Long 118.862075
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2011.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=32.060525,118.862075&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

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 0500-32c - tmciolek 14 Mar 2013
  • 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

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 14 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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