Yunyan monastery, (in) Suzhou, Jiangsu, CN

Raw data

"This 47 m tall pagoda in Suzhou 江蘇/Jiangsu was erected during late Five Dynasties 五代 and early Song in Yunyan Monastery 雲巖寺 on a hill called Tiger Mountain 虎丘. Although built of brick stones, parts of it imitate wood construction. The outer surface of the seven storeys is built quite smooth. The blind windows on the outside once contained Buddha or Bodhisattva statues. Yunyan Monastery has long been devastated, and only the pagoda is left. Like the tower of Pisa in Italy, the Tiger Hill Pagoda is pending more than 2 m from the center of gravity."
Input by: tmciolek, Dec 15, 2009

"Huqiu Pagoda, also known as Yunyansi (cloud rock temple) Pagoda, was first built in A.D.959."

"Tiger Hill, known also as Surging Sea Hill, is a large hillock covering some 14100 square metres (over three acres) and is 36 metres (118 feet) in height. Climbing the hill, you will find a number of historical sites some of which can be traced back over 2500 years to the founding of Suzhou."

"Tiger Hill (Huqiu Shan) - Tiger Hill is famous for its scenery and popular with tourists. The brick leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda (built in the 10th century AD) stands on the Hill."

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Aug 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 Yunyan monastery, CN.

General location of the Yunyan monastery, CN.
lat=31.3360 long=120.58
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=31.3360,120.58&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

  • Cloud Rock Temple -

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 31.3360 Long 120.58 - visual identification in - tmciolek, 23 Dec 2009

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

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12. Date-intermediate

  • "Huqiu Pagoda, also known as Yunyansi (cloud rock temple) Pagoda, was first built in A.D.959." -

MBM chrono-tag: 0933-66c - tmciolek 01 Aug 2014 
0900-32p 0933-66c 0967-99p dated-e

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

  • [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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