General Introduction

Nanchan Temple is located in Lijiazhuang, southwest of Wutai County, Shanxi Province. The Nanchan Temple is not large, covering an area of only 4100 square meters which is the smallest temple in Wutai Mountain. The main hall is the oldest existing wooden structure building of the Tang Dynasty in China. The main hall was rebuilt in the third year of Emperor Dezong’s construction (782 AD). The sculpture of the Tang Dynasty in the temple is exquisite, which can be called a treasure of the sculpture art of the Tang Dynasty, and has an important historical position and artistic value.

The Great Buddha Hall was built in the Tang Dynasty, which is the main hall of the Nanchan Temple. It is beautiful in appearance, shape and simple in style. The three main halls are tall and magnificent. According to the actual measurement, they are 11.62 meters wide and 9.9 meters deep. The square base almost accounts for half of the whole courtyard.

There are 17 statues of Buddha in the hall, which remain their original appearance and are all treasures of the Tang Dynasty. The statues still keep the original appearance of the Tang Dynasty. 

Uniqueness

  • Nanchan Temple is the smallest temple in Wutai Mountain.
  • The main hall is the oldest existing wooden structure building of the Tang Dynasty in China (782 AD).
  • There are 17 statues of Buddha in the hall, which remain their original appearance and are all treasures of the Tang Dynasty.