Pengcheng proto-monastery, (in) Xuzhou, Jiangsu, CN

Raw data

"Pengcheng was located in the Chu Kingdom (220-265 A.D.) on the lower part of the Yangzi River which is now in Jiangsu province, China. Here, from the middle of the first century A.D., the gentle folk followed both Taoism and Buddhism. The Chu Emperor Liu Ying (Han Emperor Guangwu’s son) migrated to Pengcheng. And here, he recited prayers to both the transcendence of Taoism and the benevolence of Buddhism. (Ref. The Story of the Chu Emperor Wang Ying in Hou Han Shu). He did penance, fasted, prayed, and made offerings. In the year 265, there was a Buddhist organization consisting of foreign monks and Chinese scholars there."
Src: Nguyen Tai Thu (2009)

Xuzhu, China Page
Other names: Hsu-chu, Hsü-chu
World:China:Jiangsu Sheng
Lat 31.4500 Long 119.4833
[Note - the above values are, strangely, incorrect. In fact, the approx. coords. on the basis of information provided by should read:
Lat 34.32 Long: 117.15 - tmciolek, 15 Dec 2009.

Xuzhou, Postal Map Spelling: Hsuchow, the place also known as Pengcheng -

Xuzhou or Suchow […] Xuzhou was known as Dongshan from 1912 to 1945. It was in Shandong prov. from 1949 to 1952, when it was returned to Jiangsu. […]
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2004, Columbia University Press.

Input by: tmciolek, Dec 15, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Pengcheng monastery, CN.

General location of the Pengcheng monastery, CN.
Lat 34.32 Long 117.15
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=34.32,117.15&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

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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

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0200-32p 0233-66c 0267-99p - tmciolek 07 Mar 2014
0200-32p 0233-66c 0267-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

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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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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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