Shentong monastery, (near) Liubu, Shandong, CN

Raw data

"[A Sui Dynasty (581-618)] four-gate cubic pagoda with a pyramid roof of the Shentong Monastery 神通寺 near Licheng 歷城/Shandong that is the oldest pavilion-shaped pagoda of China." -

"The Four Gates Pagoda (Chinese: 四门塔; pinyin: Sì Mén Tǎ) is a Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD) stone Chinese pagoda located in central Shandong Province, China. It is thought to be the oldest remaining pavilion-style stone pagoda in China. The oldest extant brick-built pagoda in China is the 40-metre-tall (130 ft) Songyue Pagoda of 523 AD.
The Four Gates Pagoda is located at the foot of Qinglong Mountain, near Liubu Village, in Licheng District, under the administration of Jinan City, about 33 kilometers southeast of the city of Jinan proper. The pagoda is located to the east of the site of the Shentong Temple (Chinese: 神通寺; pinyin: Shéntōng Sì; literally "Supernatural Power Temple"), which was one of the most important temples in northern China at the time the pagoda was built but is now in ruins."

Input by: tmciolek, Jun 17, 2011

"The Ruins of Shentong Temple (351-1911, Former Qin-Qing Dynasties), Liufu Town, Licheng District, Jinan, Shandong Province, China" -
Input by: tmciolek, 15 Jul 2014

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 Shentong monastery, CN.

General location of the Shentong monastery, CN.
Lat 36.4509 Long 117.1298
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2011.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=36.4509,117.1298&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Shandong Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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 0333-66c - tmciolek 15 Jul 2014 
0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 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

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

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)
  • Also, the site is in close vicinity of the "Thousand-Buddha Cliff (Chinese: 千佛崖; pinyin: Qiānfó Yá) [, which is a] historical site of mostly Tang Dynasty rock carvings […a] long a cliff face of 63 meters length, 285 meters high and [with] over 515 statues and 43 inscriptions […] Most of the statues were carved during 618-684." -

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

  • [missing data]

end of page

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License