South Cave monastery, (near) Jingchuan, Gansu, CN

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"South Cave Temple
Commonly known as the Orient Cave, located in the storage of Soil and east of Jing River North Village. Beishanmianshui, surrounded by green trees, beautiful scenery. According to South Cave Temple monument records, North WEI Yong-ping 3 years (AD 510), the prefectural governor Xikang Sheng Jing made of. Save cave temples in the southern cave monument, a "big WEI Yong-ping three-year" title in mind, we can see later built in the North Cave Temple for one year. Kukan cut red sandstone in the Jing River North, the existing 5 Cave, Big East No. 1 and No. 2 West Cave Small cave save more complete. East Great Cave Temple of Lord Cave in South Cave, up to 13 meters, 17 meters wide, 14 meters deep, unique structure, the grand style. After the three head into the cave walls stand up to 2 meters around the seven statues, along with 13 threat to paternity Buddha, of various shapes, vivid, as the Northern Wei style. Ceiling full of relief, such as suicide feeding tigers, the palace game sort of Buddhist scripture. Sculpture concise summary of eloquent lines, reflects the ancient craftsmen's ingenuity and vision of the future a better life. I 4 caves are small, early paintings reveal peeling Department. The style is very similar to the North Cave Temple, so called sister cave. Cave A small shrine outside the cliff more than 10, are in the Northern Wei Dynasty, excavated in the late Tang Dynasty."
Input by: tmciolek, Jun 17, 2011

"South Cave Temple is located 7.5 km East in jingchuan County, on a cliff in the Jinghe River North Bank. According to the "tablet of South Cave" records, dug in Yongping three year the Northern Wei Dynasty (ad 510), more than 1400 years ago. South Cave Temple and North cave temple, qingyang, Gansu, sinking over the same period, are made by State of Northern Wei Jing Xi Kangsheng history of assassination, known as "Pearl of the North and South grottos double". Existing Stone Shrine in South Cave Temple 5, however, one or four cave with statues. First, caves are primary caves, cave door open niches in the wall above the rocks on either side. Cave 13 m high, 17 meters long, 24 meters wide, is rectangular. Cave-top is a multiple, unique structure, modeling the Grand, set out the window in the door. Into the cave door, stood three surrounding seven statues of 6 meters high. The seven Buddha Hall arranged format, is not visible in the large Grotto in the country. Larger than normal proportion seven Buddha heads, hands, body more fertilizer short, simple and strong, is Northern national spirit. Buddha high nose and large ears, facial fullness, expression kind, form of honest, looked grave and condescending, overlooking sentient beings. Seven Buddha carved threat paternity bodhisattva 13 statues, manners Sau man, stellac. Cave also carved missionary story depicts Sakyamuni was born to the monks of the plot, modeling a vivid, life, is an art. Fourth number are caves dug in the Tang dynasty, caves of 5 square, square, clay sculpture and statues, median for the bodhisattva Manjusri and Samantabhadra and Guanyin bodhisattva, murals on both sides there are the 18 arhats, six Guinness, see image. South Cave represented a unique art form of Chinese Buddhist grottoes. […]
South Cave Temple was built in the Northern Wei Dynasty, and qingyang cave North of cave temples collectively, and sisters, is a brilliant Pearl on the ancient Silk Road. […]
South Cave Temple, total 5, grottoes, only the main cave and now a Deputy caves open to visitors. Open up to a Deputy cave is South Cave Temple only a hundred Buddha Deputy cave, was built in the Qing dynasty, most of the statues have been destroyed. […]
commonly known as the Orient cave, located in the village in Jingchuan County East of the north shore of the Jinghe River and storing home.
[…] According to the South Grotto Temple monument records, yongping 3 year the Northern Wei Dynasty (ad 510), Jing Prefecture built by feudal provincial or Prefectural Governor Xi Kangsheng. […] Its style and North cave temple is extremely similar, so call sisters Grotto in yunjue cave. Outside the cave on a cliff with small shrine over more than 10, all of the Northern Wei Dynasty, middle and sinking.”
Input by: tmciolek, Jul 26, 2011

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 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 South Cave monastery, CN.

General location of the South Cave monastery, CN.
Lat 35.370873 Long 107.443886
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2011.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=35.370873,107.443886&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • South Cave monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Gansu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Mayahana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014
0500-32c 0533-66p 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

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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