Situated at the northeast corner of Renmin Square, Banruo Temple is one of largest Buddhist temples in northeast China. The temple was constructed in 1922 and renamed Huguo (meaning “Protecting the Country“) Banruo Temple in 1934. Covering an area of 7,200 square meters, Banruo Temple is an active place of worship for locals and pilgrims alike. The gateway to the temple is comprised of 3 parallel arches. The temple compound itself is dotted with dense trees and halls. On the both sides of the gates stand bell and drum towers.
In Tianwang Hall, in front of the main gate, stands Maitreya Buddha and on the both sides of hall are statues of Four Heavenly Kings, representing four Buddhist gods who watch over each of the cardinal directions. Mahavira Hall, sometimes known as the Main Hall, behind Tianwang Hall, is the center of the whole temple complex and contains the statue of Sakyamuni with eighteen arhats on both sides. The Mahavira Hall is a magnificent sight, complete with colored paintings on its walls. In addition, there is a Buddhist Sutra Hall where a number of Buddhist scriptures are kept. Every April 8th, 18th, and 28th, temple fairs are held and attracts many Buddha worshipers and visitors of all stripes.
Additionally, wandering around the temple back alleys, you will find merchants selling statues, shrines and incense.
How to get there: visitors can take the bus No. 6 from Renmin Street across from the main bus station and get off at Renmen Square. Or you can walk from the train station area in about 30 minutes.
Admission Fee: 8 RMB
Hours of operation: 9:00 – 16:00