Discover Pilu Temple’s Beauty and History in Nanjing

Pilu Temple in Nanjing with green Ginkgo included in Annual Nanjing Card
Discover the Beauty of Pilu Temple in Nanjing with the Annual Nanjing Card (@17mm on APS-C)

Introduction: Explore the Beauty and History of the Pilu Temple in Nanjing, China

Located in Hanfu Street, Xuanwu District (汉府街4号毗卢寺), Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, the Pilu Temple (毗卢寺), is dedicated to the Viroccana Buddha, the supreme deity of Tantric Buddhism. The temple is renowned for its immense merit and virtue in expounding the secret essence of the Buddha’s heart, repenting of karmic obstacles, accumulating the sustenance of good fortune, and promoting the Buddha’s teachings for the benefit of the nation and the people.

History of the Pilu Temple

Pilu Temple is one of the largest Buddhist practice grounds in China, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. The temple was built during the Ming Dynasty and took around 44 years to complete (1522-1566). Visitors can purchase a ticket to light incense and offer prayers, as well as tie red ribbons for blessings. The temple grounds are adorned with red and gold colours and feature a three-story high white Guanyin Buddha statue in the centre of the gardens. Visitors can also climb the pagoda for a panoramic view of the temple and the surrounding area.

Buddha statue and pink blossoms in front of Pilu Temple in Nanjing, China.
Serene beauty at Pilu Temple amidst pink blossoms and Guanyin Buddha statue. (@92mm on APS-C)
Ultra-wide-angle view of Pilu Temple with its reflection on the lake
A beautiful reflection of the red temple in the calm waters (@10mm on APS-C)
Pilu Temple view through blossoms
A tranquil view through the blossoms of Pilu Temple. (@291mm on APS-C)

Architecture and Atmosphere of the Pilu Temple

The Pilu Temple‘s architecture is breathtaking, with stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere. The temple is open to visitors and provides a unique experience to witness the beauty of Chinese architecture and Buddhist culture. The temple is surrounded by a square and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Photo of Pilu Temple's front building, with red and gold decorations and traditional Chinese architecture.
Discover the beauty of Pilu Temple’s front building. (@10mm on APS-C)

Visiting the Pilu Temple

Spring and fall are magical times to visit the Pilu Temple, with the blooming flowers and changing colours of the leaves creating a breathtaking atmosphere. The temple is open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and visitors are welcome to join the morning and evening chanting sessions held daily.


In conclusion, the Pilu Temple is an excellent destination for those seeking history, culture, and serenity. The temple’s rich history and breathtaking architecture, coupled with its serene atmosphere, make it an ideal place to learn about Chinese Buddhism and culture. Visitors can experience the magic of the Pilu Temple for themselves and witness the beauty of Chinese architecture and culture. With its breathtaking beauty and rich history, this hidden gem is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. So why not add it to your travel itinerary and experience the magic of this magnificent temple for yourself? Remember this temple is also covered by the Nanjing Annual Card.

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Frederic Konkel

My name is Frederic B. Konkel and to capture landscapes and cityscapes is a big passion of mine. I'm currently based in Nanjing, China. I love to explore new places and I'm using my cameras to document these moments. On F.B.K. Photography I showcase a few impressions of my captured moments from around the world.