Mengle Buddhist Templethe largest Buddhist temple in Yunnan

​​​Last Update: 20th October 2020

Located approximately 7 x kilometers southeast of Jinghong City, the Mengle Buddhist Temple was reconstructed on the original site of the royal temple “Jingpiao Buddhist Temple” in the Dai Kingdom (1180 – 1950). Jingpiao Buddhist Temple was originally built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) by a Dai king named Bolong to memorize the princess called Nansha Weibian who died of illness. The life of Buddha Sakyamuni and the activities of the Buddhist temple are ingeniously integrated into the landscape and buildings, fully demonstrating the history and traditional culture of Southern Buddhism.

Mengle Buddhist Temple Fast Facts

  • Chinese Name: Mengle Dafosi (勐泐大佛寺)
  • Area: 26.66 x hectares
  • Things to do th​ere: Photography, Buddhism, Architecture
  • Who visits: Photographers, Buddhist Believers, Architects
  • Time required: 2 – 3 x hours

What to expect at the Mengle Buddhist Temple

During the construction of the main hall of the temple, a large number of silver coins, silver boxes, Buddhist ritual supplies, etc. were excavated. As a multi-slope flat tile building with double eaves, Mengle Buddhist Temple has a similar layout to other Buddhist temples in Xishuangbanna. Its layout presents a rectangle. The slope on the roof is made of 3 layers. The interior of the temple offers statuses of Buddha, statuses of monks, and Buddhist texts. The whole building complex shows the Southeast Asian feature.

If you love to study the architecture, the temple is good for you. The best time for photographing is in the afternoon. The more than 3,000 steps will led you to the top of the mountain. If you body conditions are not proper for walking up the steps, you could take a shuttle bus uphill and downhill. The top of the mountain offers amazing panoramic views of Jinghong City to appreciate.

Best time to visit Mengle Buddhist Temple

If you love photographing, the best time to visit Mengle Buddhist Temple is in the afternoon.

You could visit it around the year.

How to get to the Mengle Buddhist Temple

Bus 4 could take you to the temple from Jinghong City. Alternatively, you could take a taxi.

Additional Mengle Buddhist Temple Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:30
  • As at 20th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the temple is 120 CNY per person; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 80 CNY per person; the elder between 60 years old (60 years old included) and 70 years old (70 years old not included) re charged 80 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) and the elder above 70 years old (70 years old included) are free of charge.
  • The entrance tickets for the one-way shuttle bus is 40 CNY per person and the entrance tickets for the round-trip shuttle bus is 60 CNY per person.
  • For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (
  • There are two complimentary water-splashing activities in one day. One is held at 14:00 and the other one is held at 16:00.
  • The scenic area offers five complimentary peacock-flying activities at 09:30, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 17:00.
  • It is suggested to take an umbrella with you as it could be rainy and sunny in one day in Xishuangbanna.
  • Please wear the sunscreen scream and sunglasses.

Interested in visiting the Mengle Buddhist Temple on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Mengle Buddhist Temple, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.