Don't try to find the six banyan trees, as there are only two, but otherwise, this ancient Buddhist temple is intact. Sit in the courtyard under the shade of tall trees, contemplate the comings and goings of monks, listen to the sound of the fountain, and admire the beauty of the buildings.
The 16-storey Flower Pagoda is especially popular. Fifty-seven metres high, its column topped with a thousand Buddhas, it could be imposing, but instead has a reassuring, almost maternal quality, perhaps due to the presence of the statue of Kuan Yin.
Pregnant women come here to have pray for a boy, because, according to legend, Kuan Yin was a man who changed his sex to attract women to Buddhism, and is considered the goddess of fertility. Foreigners adopting Chinese children come here for blessings, too, but this is probably because of its proximity to foreign consulates. Don't miss three very large, very beautiful, and very happy-looking statues of Buddha, just east of the pagoda.
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
87 Liurong RD
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