Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, built as a reliquary for some of Buddha's ashes, dates to the mid-sixth century (537 AD). The Temple is overshadowed by the 17 story Flower Pagoda. The three golden Buddhas at the back of the Temple represent the Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future. Inside the main temple are two smaller temples, the Sixth Ancestor's Temple and the Guanyin Temple, which houses a huge statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The name was conferred by the Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo, who was enchanted by the banyan trees in the temple courtyard.
Flower Pagoda
Incense burner in front of the Flower Pagoda
A reflection of the Flower Pagoda
One of many Buddhas at the temple
Buddha of the Past
Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future
Buddhist Priest at the altar before the Buddha of the Present
Buddhist Goddess of Mercy in the Guanyin Temple
Temple courtyard with banyan tree on left
Flower Pagoda
Buddhist baby blessing ritual
Buddhist Priest performing the baby blessing ritual
Ceramic figure on temple roof
Buddhist Priests with girls, Alexandra on the left
Temple grounds entrance and exit gateway from inside