Nanchan-1 monastery, (towards) Wutai, Shanxi, CN

Raw data

Nanchan Monastery - This monastery is located twenty-two kilometers southwest of Wutai County. It is the oldest existing monastery of wooden structure dating from the Tang Dynasty. The monastery includes a gate, Hall of the Dragon King (Longwangdian), Hall of Great Buddha (Dafodian), Hall of Bodhisattva (Pusadian), and other fine examples of ancient timber construction. On display at the monastery are lifelike color sculptures comparable in style to those in Mogao Grottoes (Dunhuang) in China' northwestern province of Gausu. [= Gansu - tmc]

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 16, 2009

[Wutai Shan] "the mountain's inaccessibility has always given it a degree of protection, and many of the temples survived the Cultural Revolution intact. Most of the forty temples remaining today are in the monastic village of Taihuai, which sits in a depression surrounded by the five holy peaks."

Input by: tmciolek, 17 Apr, 2009

“Mount Wutái is home to some of the oldest existent wooden buildings in China that have survived since the era of the Tang Dynasty (618–907). This includes the main hall of Nanchan Temple […] built in 782” -
Input by: tmciolek, 06 Mar, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 06 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 Nanchan-1 monastery, CN.

General location of the Nanchan-1 monastery, CN.
Lat 38.70120 Long 113.11385
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=38.70120,113.11385&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 38.70120 Long 113.11385 - visual identification of the site in the satellite imagery and maps, as well as Panoramio photographs, in, tmciolek 28 Feb 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

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p 0767-99c - tmciolek 28 Feb 2013
  • 0733-66p 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

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • 2000 CE. Still occupied and in use
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 28 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • texts, architecture, oral tradition

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]

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