Originally known as Sizhou Temple, Nanputuo Temple has a history dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
It was expanded during the Ming Dynasty and renovated during the Qing Dynasty. Facing the harbor and worshipping Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy), the temple is akin to the Guanyin Temple on Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang Province, hence its name “Nanputuo” (literally, “South Putuo”). It’s South Fujian’s Buddhist Mecca.
The temple is nestled snugly at the foot of five soaring peaks – the Bell Peak (the First Peak), the Second Peak, the Middle Peak (the Third Peak), the Fourth Peak, and the Drum Peak (the Fifth Peak). Seen from a distance, the peaks resemble five sedentary elders with long beards, the lush trees being their beards and the mist being their sleeves.