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The Ancient Yuantong Temple in Kunming

Located in the downtown of Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Yuantong Temple was first built during the Kingdom of Nanzhao of the Tang Dynasty.

圆通寺 Yuantong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan

It is one of the earliest temples of Avalokitesvara in China. It consists of Yuantong Precious Hall, Hall of Copper Buddha and Hall of Tantrism, etc.

It contains Han Buddhism, Southern Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism elements in the same temple. It is the largest of its kind in Kunming.

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To the north is the Yuantong main hall. At both sides of the hall are covered corridors running beside clear pools. This structure of a Buddhist hall surrounded by water is unique in China. The main hall maintains the style of the Yuan dynasty architecture.

In recent years it has been expanded with funding from Thailand.

Images of Yuantong Temple – Photos by Matteo Damiani

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