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“Erratic, but very beautiful”

Gude Temple of Hankou
Ranked #17 of 292 things to do in Wuhan
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

The Gude Buddhist Temple was built in 1877, then rebuilt in 1921. It is said that the temple was built according to style of the Alantuo Temple in Myanmar.

It is a very unique Buddhist temple in China, combining the western, Indian and Burmese architectural styles. Even you can see the Ionic order-like capital of columns.

The architectural style is an erratic combination, but very beautiful. Though not a popular tourist spot, it is highly recommended for Buddhists, art lovers and architecture buffs.

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

It's easy to miss the entrance, and even my Chinese friends were surprised at how "tucked-away" this location is. They have recently added an entrance fee but you receive incense to burn when paying. There are a couple of shops selling mostly Buddhist-related items as well as a hotel for travelers. Incense troughs scent the air. There is an old temple which is quite a mix in styles but rich in decoration and tradition. The new temple is much simpler, in a modern style but larger, and the monks live on the upper floors. There are smaller temple rooms around the complex. On Saturdays, there is a food market that sets up at the entrance--try the fish balls--quite good.

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Reviewed 1 September 2015

We went to visit this temple on Sunday in the morning. Luckily at this time it was pretty empty and we could explore this temple in depth. I liked very much the combination of lotus growing there and this unique architecture. Worth visiting!

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Reviewed 5 August 2015

Gude Temple is a bit of a hard find, but once you get off Toudao metro station, you have two options:

1. Weave your path through the narrow alleys and walkways between apartment complexes in the general direction of the location.
2. Walk around the main street, turn again, and find the Wuhan Art high school - red color - the temple is right next to it.

The temple itself is quite unusual, as it has got a mix of religions going, and my wife who is a Buddhist herself was a bit confused until she found the right statue... otherwise - the temple is well made, and pleases the eye, especially considering the neighboring surroundings.

The place is clean, and well taken care of, and unlike the other two big temples in the city - Gude Temple is not very crowded; allows for a nice sit and think, especially if you're not in a hurry.

The entry was just 8 RMB per adult. A bargain for what you get to see.

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

I have mixed feelings about this place. The architecture is very interesting, but they're building this new temple right next to it and not bothering to try and make it fit in with the slightly older architecture of the previous building. It's going to be pretty ugly, at least what I could see of the construction so far. I might have only seen it at the halfway point, so go by more recent reviews/photos to decide if you want to visit this place. I went in summer 2013. The inside of the temple is beautiful. The wind goes through and makes the banners hung from the ceilings twist and turn. You can't sit down anywhere in the temple, I wanted to sit on a stairway entering one of the temples so I could do a sketch of it more easily and they asked me politely not to. Don't go on a really hot day!!!!! I went when it was sweltering, it was awful. It's also hard to find, at least it was for me. If I recall correctly the subway station that was usually right next to it was closed for construction, so I had to walk quite a ways. Or maybe the temple is just quite far from the station. I was there in the summer of 2013, it might all have changed by now, China's landscape usually does that. This is definitely not a hot tourist spot or anything. there weren't any other people there when I went, just a few elderly praying. Please be respectful of the worshipers and don't take photos if they ask you not to, and the ones you do take please keep it classy, don't touch the idols or decorations. The entrance fee is something small like 15 yuan, and you can buy incense sticks to burn in the very ornate and interesting looking incense burners. I wish there was an english speaking guide, my chinese wasn't good enough to ask about the historical/religious details.

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