A panoramic view of Jiangxin Temple on Jiangxin Island.
|Leadership||Shi Zhiming (释智明)|
|Location||Jiangxin Island, Lucheng District, Wenzhou, Zhejiang|
The temple was first built with the name of "Puji Chan Temple" (普济禅院) in 866, in the reign of Emperor Yizong (860–874) of the Tang dynasty (618–907). It was renamed "Longxiang Chan Temple" (龙翔禅寺) in 1131, in the Shaoxing period (1127–1162) of Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279). Because the temple situated in the middle of the Ou River, it more commonly known as the "Jiangxin Temple" (江心寺; "Jiang" means river and "Xin" means middle).
After the founding of the Communist State, local government renovated and refurbished the temple.
In the center of the Yuantong Hall (圆通殿) enshrines the statue of Guanyin with Shancai standing on the left and Longnü on the right. Statue of Maitreya is enshrined at the back of Guanyin's statue. Under the eaves is a plaque with the Chinese characters "Yuantong Hall" written by Qianlong Emperor (1736–1795) in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).
The East Pagoda was originally built in 869 or 969 and rebuilt in the following dynasties many times. Hexagon in shape, it has seven stories with the height of 28-metre (92 ft). The pagoda originally had rafters and corridors, in 1894, the British government established the British Consulate in Wenzhou near the pagoda, and forced local government to demolish the rafters and corridors.
The West Pagoda was first built in 869 or 969 and underwent three largely renovations, respectively in the ruling of Hongwu Emperor (1368–1398) in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), in the reign of Wanli Emperor (1573–1620) and in the Qianlong period (1736–1796) of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The seventh storeys, 32-metre (105 ft) tall, Hexagonal-based Chinese pagoda is made of brick and stone. A total of 16 statues of Buddha are carved in the body of the pagoda.