Wolong monastery, (in) Xi'an, Shaanxi, CN

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“Shaanxi Provincial History Museum […] If time permits, the Forest of Steles is also situated in the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, this collection of 2,300 stone tablets and epitaphs is the largest and oldest of its kind in China. One block North and East of the Forest of Steles museum, there is a Buddhist temple dates from 200BC called Wolong Temple.” - http://www.dragonholidays.co.za/Shaanxi%20Museum.html
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 24, 2013

"Wolong Temple (Chinese: 卧龙寺) is located on Baishulin St., Beilin District, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province of China. According to the stele in the temple, it was first built during Lingdi years (AD 168-189), Han Dynasty, more than 1,800 years ago. It was called "Fu Ying Chan Yuan"(福应禅院) in Sui Dynasty. The temple kept a painting of Guanyin drew by Wu Daozi in Tang Dynasty, so it was also called "Guanyin Temple" (观音寺). It was renamed Wolong Temple during Taizong's years (976-997), Song Dynasty." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolong_Temple

"Wolong Temple is the oldest buddhist temple in Shaanxi Province, which have a history around 1,800 years. Wolong (卧龙, means crouching dragon) Temple is not a well-known temple, even for local people. When I was in middle school, I almost pass by Wolong Temple every week, but I have no idea that there is a temple lying out there. Actually, Wolong Temple is just besides the famous Beilin Museum, and close to the City Wall." - http://en.shiyuhang.org/2012/07/xian-wolong-temple/

Called during Song Dynasry Wolong Temple in honour of the renowned buddhist monk called Wolong - http://en.shiyuhang.org/2012/07/xian-wolong-temple/

“Wolong Temple is a short walk from Xi’an’s main South Gate: east down the Xueyuan Road and past the Stele Forest Museum, near the Wenchang Gate.”

“From the City walls, you have a nice view of the Crouching Tiger Temple [sic! tmc]. This temple sits in the South part of the city center. Next to this Temple is a great Museum, the Xian Stele Forest Museum.” - http://www.virtourist.com/asia/china/xian/29.htm
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 24, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 26 Feb 2013

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 Wolong monastery, CN.

General location of the Wolong monastery, CN.
Lat 34.25468 Long 108.94820
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Wolong monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shaanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.25468 Long 108.94820 - based on visual identification of the Forest of Stele site in satellite imagery and in Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 25 Feb 2013.

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

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 26 Feb 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 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 26 Feb 2013

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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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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