Discover The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes China

The Buddhist Grottoes of Longmen (the Dragon Gate) are 10 miles south of Luoyang. More than 100,000 images of Buddha, some monumental, were carved into the cliffs dominating the Yi River between the 5th and 7th centuries. Degradation by the weather, looters, and vandalism by the Red Guards have made the site deteriorate considerably, however, there is still something magical about it. Numerous homes have been directly carved into the loess in this region.

  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , Longmen's Buddhist caves , China
    Longmen's Buddhist caves

    More than 100,00 images of Buddha were sculpted into the cliffs dominating the Yi river between the 5th and 7th centuries.

    © SANCHAI LOONGROONG / 123RF
  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , A vast complex , China
    A vast complex

    The site is comprised of more than 2,300 grottoes and 60 pagodas. It also has 2,800 inscriptions.

    © GRAPHICOBSESSION
  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , Chinese sculptural magnificence , China
    Chinese sculptural magnificence

    The Longmen Grottoes represent the peak of the finesse of Chinese sculptural art. Many of these works were commissioned by nobles and dignitaries.

    © GRAPHICOBSESSION
  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , Cave homes , China
    Cave homes

    The construction of the site began in 494 and lasted almost four hundred years. You can still contemplate many of the cave-like lodgings today.

    © GRAPHICOBSESSION
  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , The corridors of Longmen , China
    The corridors of Longmen

    The Buddhist Longmen Grottoes, also called the 'Dragon's Gate Grottoes' have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

    © GRAPHICOBSESSION
  • The Longmen Buddhist Grottoes , Longmen, guarded by stone , China
    Longmen, guarded by stone

    Outside, two attendants make sure the law is obeyed. They can be recognised thanks to the prominence of their muscles.

    © GRAPHICOBSESSION
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