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The Taoist Traditions of Longquan Temple
Longquan Temple (龙泉观) is located on the Panlong Mountain to the east of Dianchi Lake, 40 kilometers from Kunming. Panlong Temple, one of three Buddhism holy sites in Yunnan, was built in the Yuan Dynasty.
Longquan Temple, also known as Panlong Temple, is a Taoist temple located in the Panlong District of Kunming, Yunnan. The temple is known for its rich cultural and spiritual heritage, attracting many visitors from around the world who are interested in learning about Taoism and experiencing its unique blend of religious devotion and natural beauty. One of the highlights of the temple is its three ancient trees, which include a plum tree from the Tang dynasty (618–907), a cypress tree from the Song dynasty (960–1279), and a tea tree from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). These trees are considered treasures of the temple, not only for their age and beauty, but also for the historical significance they represent. For many visitors, a visit to Longquan Temple is a journey into the past, as well as a celebration of the present, and a glimpse into the future.
盘龙寺 Panlong Temple, Yunnan
One of the most notable events that takes place at the temple is the Panlong Festival, where worshipers gather to offer incense and perform traditional singing and dancing. The sight of so many people coming together in a display of religious devotion creates a truly magnificent spectacle.
In addition to its cultural and religious significance, the Panlong Temple is also famous for its three ancient trees. These trees, which include a plum tree from the Tang dynasty (618–907), a cypress tree from the Song dynasty (960–1279), and a tea tree from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), are considered treasures of the temple and are admired by visitors from all over the world. The presence of these trees not only adds to the natural beauty of the temple grounds, but also serves as a testament to its long and storied history.
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The Panlong Temple has a rich history dating back to the 7th year of the Zhizheng Period of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). It was founded by the Buddhist Master Lianfeng in the year 1347. Over the centuries, the temple has become an important place of worship and pilgrimage for many Buddhists.
Images of the Panlong Temple
Original photos: Matteo Damiani (click on the image to enlarge)