Shaolin monastery, (near) Dengfeng, Henan, CN

Raw data

The Shaolin Monastery or Shaolin Temple […] a Chan Buddhist temple at Song Shan near Zhengzhou City Henan Province in Dengfeng, China. […]
the Shaolin Monastery was built on the north side of Shaoshi, the western peak of Mount Song, one of the Sacred Mountains of China, by Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty in AD 477; […] The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1641 the troops of anti-Ming rebel Li Zicheng sacked the monastery […] The Shao in "Shaolin" refers to "Mount Shaoshi", a mountain in the Songshan mountain range. The lin in "Shaolin" means "forest". Literally, the name means "Monastery in the woods of Mount Shaoshi".
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 23 2009

Zhengzhou, China Page
Other names: Cheng-chou,Cheng-hsien,Chengchow,Cheng-chou-shih,Cheng
World:China:Henan Sheng
Lat 34.7578 Long 113.6486

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 15 Jul 2014

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 Shaolin monastery, CN.

General location of the Shaolin monastery, CN.
lat=34.511898 long=112.941756
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=34.511898,112.941756&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Henan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.511898 Long 112.941756 - coords estimated from the Google Earth, tmciolek, 18 Aug 2009

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0433-66c - tmciolek 15 Jul 2014 
0433-66c 0467-99c 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

13. Date-late

  • Active in the 21st c.

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 15 Jul 2014 

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

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

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