19 November 2017

The Great Buddha of Hushan Temple

Riding around with my husband, many times I've seen the huge Buddha sculpture smiling at city from a hill in Douliou. Today is my first time to visit this place. 

This Hushan Temple (湖山岩) in Douliou is quite big and looks pretty impressive. Placed in the mountains takes space on both sides of the road. On one side the temple buildings are really beautiful, with fish ponds, different plants and different golden statues. The new temple is a two-story palace building.
On the other side of the road... Looks like a long forgotten place. 

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan
Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan

The Temple was build during Qing Dynasty in 1725 and mainly worships Guanyin Bodhisattwa. Giant statue of Guanyin can be found in the main temple. The temple was reconstructed few times in 1850s - 1870s. In 1939 it was transformed into Japanese style temple. 

The legend says that one of residents was very honest with Buddhism and once saw Bodhisattva appearing in the west. After that he cut down thorny bushes of hill and built a small temple. After more and more people came to pray, he renovated the asphalt along the lake and built two-story palace-style temple downstairs. The Yuantong Hall is dedicated to Guanyin Bodhisattva and the Daxiong Hall dedicated to Thai Jade Buddha. The temple has many decorations in Thailand style like elephants. 


Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan

The Temple was renovated in 1948-1969. In this long period of time the road was made, huge Buddha carved and the palace-style Daxiong Hall built. In the temple Zen rooms was added, lecture halls and living rooms. In 1971 five-story Hushan Pagoda was added. The county government decided to develop the sightseeing area building Buddhist Art Park on the opposite side of the old hall of Hushan Temple in 1993. 

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan


To go to the Great Buddha Sculpture you need to climb uphill. The park looks pretty old and forgotten. You will see many sculptures, small and bigger all around. This park is overgrown now and almost no one go there. 
We didn't know the entrance to see Great Buddha Sculpture is closed so we still went to the top of hill. On the nearby hilltop you can see 150 m tall statue of Maitreya. The statues is well seen from Douliou City and became the most popular landscape here. Unfortunately the statue is closed for visitors.

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan

Hushan temple great Buddha Douliou yunlin taiwan


Address:
640, Yunlin County, Douliu City, Yanshan Road, 48號湖山寺

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