Luohan-1 monastery, (in) Chongqing, Chongqing, CN

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Luohan Si (Arhat Temple)
'Luohan' is the Chinese rendering of the Sanskrit "arhat', which is a Buddhist term referring to people who have released them-selves from the psychological bondage of greed, hate and delusion.
Built about 1000 years ago, the Luohan Si has a long entrance flanked by rock carvings, a hall of painted terracotta arhat sculptures and a hall containing a large gold Buddha figure. Behind the Buddha altar is an Indian-style jataka mural depicting Prince Siddhartha in the process of cutting his hair to renounce the world.
During its peak, Luohan Si was home to some 70 monks; these days there's around 18 in residence. The temple is popular with local worshippers who burn tones of fragrant incense."
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 18, 2009

"Chongqing Arhat Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple and monastery, is situated in the busiest downtown area of Chongqing. Originally built about 1,000 years ago, during the Song Dynasty, it was rebuilt in 1752 and again in 1945. The present clay arhats were molded in the spring of 1986. More recently, the construction work of the Depository of Buddhist Texts and the Meditation Room has been completed, and the carving and molding are underway.
Arhat temple's (Luohan Si) location is a bit of a surprise—wedged tightly between skyscrapers and apartment blocks. The thousand-year-old building is still a place of worship and home to 18 monks (although once upon a time, 70 monks were in residence here). The main draw is the impressive entrance to the temple decorated with hundreds of terracotta sculptures."
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 24, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Sep 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 Luohan-1 monastery, CN.

General location of the Luohan-1 monastery, CN.
Lat 29.56299 Long 106.57781
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.56299,106.57781&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Chongqing Shi

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.56299 Long 106.57781 - based on visual identification of the Luohan-1 monastery site in maps/satellite imagery and in the Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 14 Sep 2013.

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: 0967-99p 1000-32p - tmciolek 14 Sep 2013
0967-99p 1000-32p 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 14 Sep 2013

13. Date-late

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

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