Anchan Monastery  安禪寺

Place Type: monastery (Buddhist)


  • Anchan Monastery (English)
  • Anchansi (Pinyin)
  • 安禪寺 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 安禅寺 (Simplified Chinese)


山西省太谷县 Shanxi
  • China
  • Province:
    • Shanxi (Pinyin)
    • 山西省 (Traditional Chinese)
    • 山西省 (Simplified Chinese)
  • County-city:
    • Taigu (Pinyin)
    • 太谷 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Political-subdivision:
    • (Simplified Chinese)
    • County (English)
  • Locality:
    • Taiguxian (Pinyin)
  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 37.42453333° Long. 112.5473333°
  • Site Information

    Anchan Monastery is located on Anchansi Street, Taigu County (縣城內安禪寺街). Song and Ming dynasties. It is one of the historical and cultural sites protected at the provincial level. The date of origin is unknown. According to textual sources, it was rebuilt during the Song dynasty and renovated in the Yuan and Ming dynasties, as well as the third year of the Qing Guangxu reign period (1877). The site occupies a total area of over 200 m2 and has a north-south orientation, facing south. The monastery is destroyed and the only extant structures are the sutra repository (藏经殿) and the main hall (正殿); both of which are axial buildings. While the former is a Song dynasty remnant, the latter was built in the Ming dynasty.1
    Dynasty Northern Song 960 - 1127 2

    Works Cited

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    • 1 , Zhong guo wen wu di tu ji, Shan xi fen ce 中國文物地圖集 山西分冊, III:762;57-C1.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON, Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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