The Kaiyuan Temple in the West Street of Quanzhou is a thousand-year-old temple renowned at home as well as abroad. It was built in 686, the second year of Chuigong in the Tang Dynasty. It was originally named "Lotus Temple" and changed to present name in 783, the twenty-sixth year of Kaiyuan in the Tang Dynasty, when Emperor Xuanzong edited that every frefecture build a temple in his honour.
The Kaiyuan Temple shares the same reputation with the Guangji Temple in Beijing and Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, being a rare one in China and the largest existing in South Fujian. On an area of 70,000 m2, the temple is laid out with the gate and the Daxiong Hall in its axis, and the outside screen wall "Purple Cloud", Heavenly King Hall, Worshiping Pavilion, East and West Corridors, Daxiong Hall, Ganlu Buddhist Vowing Hall, Scripture Hall arranged in aline, forming a neat and symmetrical pattern, grandiose as it is.