A trip to Kunming isn’t complete without visiting Yuantong Temple

YUNNAN, China (Vientiane Times/ANN) -The beautiful city of Kunming in China’s Yunnan province has many cultural and natural tourism sites that attract foreign and domestic tourists, but when you travel to the city, you shouldn’t miss its most famous Buddhist temple. 

Yuantong Temple is a tourism site for Buddhists and all people who like Chinese history. The temple is not far from the centre of the city and has many zones that capture its history. There are also many spots with beautiful views for taking photos to show off to your friends.

The temple is easy to find as it is a popular tourism site. It is located at the foot of Yuantong Hill in the northern part of Kunming, and is the largest and most active temple in the city with a history of more than 1,200 years.

It is also one of the grandest and most important Buddhist temples in Yunnan. Visitors can get to the temple by bicycle, motorcycle, taxi, bus or car. The bus ticket costs about 2,500 kip or two yuan, while the taxi fare is about 13,000 kip (10 yuan).

I visited the temple during my first visit to China to attend a news reporting training course held in Kunming during June 5-17. It took me about 20 minutes to walk from Xiqiao Hotel in the city to Yuantong Temple. The roads are very clean and orderly as Chinese motorists always obey the rules.

While walking to the temple, one can shop and eat local food at reasonable prices along the route.

The entrance ticket for Yuantong Temple costs six yuan (about 7,700 kip) and incense sticks and candles for veneration of the Buddha image are provided free. When one walks through the beautiful entrance gate, the various zones of the ancient temple can be seen with their Buddha image and beautiful stone bridges.

Both sides of Yuantong hall have covered corridors running beside clear pools. This structure of a Buddhist hall surrounded by water is unique in China.

Yuantong Temple is a working temple that also represents the Buddhism of China today.

How to get to Yuantong Temple:

Take Subway Line 2 to Chuanxingulou and walk west for about 15 minutes to the temple.

Take bus nos 85, 92, 95, 100, 101, 119, 187, 235 or Z5 to Yuantongjie.

Take bus nos 4, 59, 74, 83, 129, 234, A2, or Z63 to Yuantongshan.