Anchan Monastery  安禪寺


  • Anchan Monastery (English)
  • 安禪寺 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 安禅寺 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Ānchánsì (Pinyin)
  • An-ch`an-ssu (Wade-Giles)


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 in Taigu County (縣城內安禪寺街). 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, renovated in the Yuan and Ming dynasties, and renovated again in the third year of the Qing Guangxu reign period (1877). The site occupies a total area of over 200 square meters and has a north-south orientation, facing south. The subsidiary monastery buildings were destroyed, and currently 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 appears to be a Song dynasty structure, the latter was built in the Ming dynasty.2
    Dynasty Northern Song - Ming 960 - 1644 1

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    Works Cited

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    • 1 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 国家文物局. 2006. 中国文物地图集. 山西分册, III:762;57-C1.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

    How to Cite This Entry

    Tracy Miller, “Anchan Monastery 安禪寺 ” in Architectura Sinica last modified September 8, 2020,


    Tracy Miller, “Anchan Monastery 安禪寺 .” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018.

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    Entry Title: Anchan Monastery 安禪寺

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    • Initial translation in 2010 by Lydia Ohl
    • Translation 2011 by Cole Garrett
    • Translation 2017 by WONG Pui See
    • External links added by Yuh-Fen Benda
    • Editing and proof correction by Tracy Miller

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