Guanling Temple (Tomb of Guanyu), Dangyang – Ticket, Opening Hours, Location, and Highlights

guanling temple dangyang

Guanling Temple (关陵庙), situated to the west of Dangyang City in Hubei Province, China, facing the Ju River and enjoying a picturesque view of Jing Mountain, stands as a revered historical site with a legacy dating back over 1800 years. Regarded as one of the three major Guanyu temples in China, alongside the Guandi Temple in Jiezhou, Shanxi, and Guanlin Temple in Luoyang, Henan, Guanling Temple holds significant historical and cultural importance.

The origins of Guanling Temple can be traced back to the burial site of Guan Yu, a prominent military general during the Three Kingdoms period. The “Records of the Three Kingdoms,” recount that in the 24th year of the Jian’an era, Guan Yu, after a defeat in Jingzhou, was captured by Sun Quan at Jiashi (modern-day Hui Mapo in Yuan’an County). Guan Yu was subsequently executed, and his head was sent to Cao Cao, while his body was ceremoniously buried with the rites due to a vassal in the northwest of Dangyang.

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Basic Information

Estimated Length of Tour1 – 2 hour
Ticket Price30 RMB
Opening Hours8.30 – 17.30; Last admission: 17.00
Telephone Number0086-0717-3222166

Location and Transportation

Guanling Temple is located approximately 3 kilometers northwest of the downtown area of Dangyang County in Yichang City, Hubei Province, China. Positioned with a westward orientation facing east, the temple overlooks the Ju River and stands in the distant gaze of Jing Mountain. The specific address of Guanling Temple is 147 Guanling Road.

To get there, tourists can take bus Dangyang 4 or Dangyang 5B, and get off at Guanling Scenic Area.

Highlights of Guanling Temple

History of Guanling Temple

history of guanling temple

In the period preceding the Song Dynasty, the burial site of Guan Yu was a modest mound concealed by trees. However, during the Southern Song Dynasty, Wang Zhu, the Prefect of Xiangyang, took steps to enhance and formalize the burial site. He initiated the construction of a memorial temple, surrounded by walls and adorned with pine and cypress trees. Over the following dynasties, the temple underwent various renovations and expansions, culminating in its formal establishment as Guanling Temple during the Ming Dynasty.

The Burial Mound

burial mound of guanling temple

The architectural ensemble of Guanling Temple is an awe-inspiring spectacle. The burial mound, shaped in a circular form, rises to a height of 7 meters, encircled by a stone wall and railing spanning over 70 meters. The entire temple complex is connected by palace walls, constructed with red bricks and topped with yellow tiles, presenting a grand and majestic appearance. The temple adheres to the traditional imperial mausoleum layout, featuring a central axis with eight ancient structures arranged along it.

Layout of Buildings

layout of buildings in guanling temple

The central axis encompasses significant structures such as the Memorial Tablet Pavilion, ornamental columns, stone archways, three-tiered gates, horse pavilion, worship hall, main hall, sleeping hall, and the tomb mound. Flanking the sides are octagonal pavilions, the Spring-Autumn Tower, and a stele corridor, enhancing the symmetry of the temple grounds. The main hall, adorned with a golden plaque proclaiming “Wei Zhen Huaxia” (Might that Shakes All Under Heaven), houses large sculptures of Guan Yu, his son, and Zhou Cang. In the sleeping hall, a magnificent 3.6-meter-tall bronze statue of Guan Yu, weighing 800 kilograms, was donated by compatriots from Taiwan.

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