The Famous Shaolin Monastery: The Hidden Temple of China

By Jack Yang / February 26, 2017

If you’re traveling a lot, you’ll start to appreciate historical marvels that every country, region, and city has to offer. China is full of tourist attractions, but there is one that isn’t visited as much and should remain hidden. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s the Shaolin temple. So what’s so special about this temple?

A historical monument of Dengfeng

Shaolin monastery and Pagoda forests that surround it was described by the greatest treasure of China by many Buddhists and spiritually awakened travelers. Its construction dates back 1500 years when it was founded by Fang Lu0Hao. It remains the main temple of the Shoaling school of Buddhism to this very day. Visiting this temple is a life changing experience as no other place lets you see Buddhist monks and their lifestyle.

Zen through Meditation

Achieving the “enlightened” state is no easy task, but visiting this temple may shine some light on the topic and make you understand how to get there faster. Although Shaolin monks live differently than the rest of population, their way of living proves to be much healthier and beneficial to the body and mind. Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion, and the more you know about it, the less will you consider it as religion. The rules that Buddhists follow are simply guidelines to leading a healthier and happier life. And if that means that you should give up fast food and use technology to that extent that you’re using, then by all means at least consider their ways.

Feeling Enlightened yet?

Just try to spend a week in a Shaolin temple, and you’ll notice the changes that you’ve made and how your life is changing for the better. You can learn a thing or two about meditation as well hanging out with these guys, as their gurus are considered as best teachers of Buddhism. Miles away from technology and civilization this is the perfect place to start your spiritual journey and reinvent yourself if that is what you’re seeking. Visiting shoaling temple in China will surely change the way you look at things, and if you’re serious enough, you can become a Buddhist monk yourself.

About the author

Jack Yang

Hey! We're Jack and Liu and we're on a mission to explore all the historical wonders of the world! You can call it luck, fate, coincidence, a sign... Whatever you like to call it, our stories started separately before merging into one beautiful experience. Before our paths crossed, we were both just random individuals, traveling the world, visiting historical monuments and ruins, imagining how those landscapes looked like centuries ago. Then, Beijing happened, we met, we fell in love, we found each other. Our love story starts in Beijing where we met one rainy day whilst exploring the magical city. Two months later, we dropped everything, quit our jobs and went to travel the world together. We are both big history nerds and love to geek out by playing stupid historical guessing games together... We are China Geeks! Travel the world with us as we history-our-way around the world!