Favorite Places: The White Horse Temple of Luoyang, Henan Province, China 中國河南省 洛陽白馬寺
The White Horse Temple is, according to tradition, the first Buddhist temple in China, established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han dynasty capital Luoyang. In 64 AD during Eastern Han Dynasty, the emperor sent a delegation of his men to study Buddhism in the west (India). After three years, two eminent Indian monks, She Moteng and Zhu Falan, came back with the delegation. They brought with them a white horse carrying Buddhist sutras and Buddhist figures on its back. This was the first time that Buddhism appeared in China. To express his thanks to the two monks and their white horse, the emperor ordered the building of a monastery which he named the White Horse Temple during the following year.