Hours: Open until 6:00pm except for Linggu Pagoda which closes at 5:00pm.
Address: South-East Purple Mountain
The Linggu Temple area contains the Linggu Temple, Linggu Pagoda, The Beamless Hall and the tomb of Tan Yankai.
The 60 meter high, 9 storey, Linggu Pagoda was completed in 1933. The pagoda serves as a memorial for the Nationalist soldiers that died in the 1926-1928 revolution. A spiral staircase around the central pillar leads all the way to the top. Looking out from the pagoda, you can see the Purple Mountain forest and Nanjing’s skyscrapers rising in the distance.
The Linggu Temple was built in memory of the monk Xuanzang. Xuanzang traveled to India to study Buddhism, and later he returned to China to translate a wealth of Buddhist scriptures into Chinese. Walk into the temple and take a right to find the building that displays Xuanzang’s story. The wooden carvings on the wall illustrate his beginnings as a monk in China and his trip to India while the statue in the middle depicts Xuanzang translating scriptures. If you are lucky, you may come across a friendly monk that can explain the whole story in great detail.
The hall originally served as a place of worship, but now it serves as a place of remembrance. Within the hall 110 stone tablets include the names of the 33224 deceased Nationalist officers and soldiers.
Tomb of Tan Yankai
Tan Yankai was chairman of the Nationalist Government. Upon his death in 1930, this tomb was built in his honor.
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Tours that go to Linggu Temple, Linggu Pagoda, Beamless Hall and Tomb of Tan Yankai