The No.1 Buddhist Shrine in China - the Daci Temple
The Daci Temple which is now Chengdu Museum is located in the Shudu Revenue near the Dongfeng Bridge. It is the largest Temple in Chengdu in Tang and Song Dynasty, and among the Four Buddhist Shrines in west Sichuan. It was built during the Wei and Jin Dynasty, and flourished in Tang Dynasty. The Emperor Xuanzong in Tang Dynasty bestowed a plaque to the temple. Legend has it that Xuanzang, the famous Buddhist monk converted to the Buddhism at this temple. At the prime time of Tang Dynasty, the Daci Temple collected large quantity of elegant mural paintings as a repertoire of art, which is highly praised by Su Dongpo as the “best in the world.”
The Daci Temple has witnessed ups and downs in history and was damaged several times by war. Luckily, it reopened to public in 2004. Tourists can visit the Front Gate Hall, Tianwang Hall, Kuan-yin Hall in the temple.