Visit Guide to Dazhao Temple

This Buddhist monastery is one of the most important religious sites in the region and serves as a centre for Buddhist worship, education, and cultural exchange. Dazhao Temple is particularly renowned for its architectural design and magnificent artefacts. The temple complex comprises various halls, pavilions and courtyards, with a blend of Mongolian, Tibetan and Han Chinese architectural styles.

Getting There

Dazhao Temple is easily reachable by public buses or the local metro system via Dazhao Temple Station, just a few minutes walk from the temple grounds.


The temple was originally established in 1579 during the Ming dynasty and has since undergone several reconstructions and expansions. Its name, Dazhao, translates to ‘Temple of Great Brilliance’, reflecting its grandeur and importance within the Buddhist community. Over the centuries, it has undergone several reconstructions and expansions, becoming one of the region’s most important religious sites.

The main hall is called Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), while the Sutra Hall (Jingangge) is where Buddhist scriptures are stored and recited. The Arhat Hall (Luohan Tang) is dedicated to the arhats and enlightened disciples of Buddha. There are also the Drum and Bell Towers (Gulou), which house their namesake instruments, which were used to mark the time for various activities and ceremonies.