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The Six Banyan Temple and Flower Pagoda

Situated in the heart of Guangzhou City, the Six Banyan Tree Temple is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. 

It was originally called Baozhuangyan Temple and was renamed in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as Six Banyan Temple after the eminent poet and calligrapher Su Dongpo (1037-1101) of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) visited the temple. He was so impressed by the six banyan trees in the courtyard of the temple, that he immediately inscripted two characters 'Liu Rong' (six banyan trees) as the temple's name. So it is also known as Liu Rong Temple in Chinese.

Built in 537, covering an area of over 7,000 square metres, the temple features a 57.6 meter high Flower Pagoda, the tallest old structure in the Guangzhou.

The Flower Pagoda was built in the Liang period of the Southern Dynasties. It  has 9 storeys viewing from the outside, 17 storeys viewing from inside. The top story of the pagoda houses the famous 5-ton thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). A climb on the pagoda can give a full view of the city.

The main hall of the temple enshrines three giant statues of Buddha built in 1663. Each of them is of six meters high, 10 tons weighty. They are the largest bronze Buddha statues existing in Guangdong. 

In the centre of the compound is the tall magnificent Flower Tower. It was built in the Liang period of the Southern Dynasties. On the top of the tower is a 5-ton decorative rod made of brass, instead of wood, which is rarely seen in China.

There is a bronze statue of the Sixth Master, a statue of Su Dongpo and plenty of ancient steles.

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