Fotou Monastery  佛頭寺


  • Fotou Monastery (English)
  • Fótóusì (Pinyin)
  • Fo-t`ou-ssu (Wade-Giles)
  • 佛頭寺 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 佛头寺 (Simplified Chinese)


山西省平顺县 Shanxi
  • China
  • Province:
    • Shanxi (Pinyin)
    • 山西省 (Traditional Chinese)
    • 山西省 (Simplified Chinese)
  • County-city:
    • Pingshun (Pinyin)
    • 平顺 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Political-subdivision:
    • (Simplified Chinese)
    • County (English)
  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 36.3581667° Long. 113.5761333°
  • Building Information

    Fotou Monastery, literally Buddha’s Head Monastery, is located in Chedang cun, Yanggao xiang, in Pingshun county. The date of its founding is unknown. Sitting in the north and facing south, only the great hall is extant. It contains a main hall which should date to the Song-Jin period (960-1234) and is registered under the Provincial Cultural Relics Protection Unit. There are also three Qing dynasty steles documenting restorations in the monastery preserved at the site.1

    A plaque on the building seen in 2010 indicates that the hall was registered under the National Cultural Relics Protection Unit in 2006.

    Dynasty Northern Song 960 - 1127 2

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    Works Cited

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    • 1 国家文物局. 2006. 中国文物地图集. 山西分册, II:305; 35-C6.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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    Tracy Miller, “Fotou Monastery 佛頭寺 ” in Architectura Sinica last modified March 1, 2022,


    Tracy Miller, “Fotou Monastery 佛頭寺 .” In Architectura Sinica, edited by . Entry published March 21, 2018.

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