Located at Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, this temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, and is now the seat of the Chongqing Buddhism Association. The temple, originally known as Zhiping Temple, was built during the Zhiping reign (1064-1067) of the Northern Song Dynasty, and was revamped in 1885 or the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. Since five hundred clay arhats were sculptured in the temple, it changed its name to Arhat Temple. Now, the Grand Hall of the temple houses 16 Buddhist statues, as well as the bronze statues of the “Three Saints from the West” and a jade sculpture of Shakyamuni and other Buddhist art treasures, The Arhat Hall also showcases 524 clay figurines, whose vivid postures embody exquisite craftsmanship. In the Scripture Storage Building, there houses a large collection of Buddhism classivcs, classical works in Sanskrit and Tibetan languages and other old books, handwritings and paintings. Most of the valuable works were created in the Tang(618-907) and the Ming(1368-1644) dynasties.
Minzu Road, Yuzhong District,Chongqing