Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, is a place that takes you on a trip through time to ancient India, where the famous Chinese monk and scholar, Hieun Tsang, resided for over 12 years.
Located near the ruins of the historic Nalanda University, this memorial hall is a fantastic place to learn about Hieun Tsang’s observations of medieval India. But wait, that’s not all – the monk also learned yoga from his teacher right here, in the same location where the memorial stands today.
If you’re a history buff, this place is a must-visit. Not only does it offer insights into the Indo-China cultural relationship, but it’s also a great spot to marvel at the impressive Chinese-style architecture. It’s like you’re transported to ancient China and India all at once!
You can find sandalwood and golden idols of Lord Buddha, along with Hieun Tsang’s compositions and studies about Buddhism in India and China inside the memorial. Plus, if you’re lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of the Surajpur Lake while you’re there.
Pro tip: The Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall is open from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., so make sure to plan your visit accordingly. It’s around 81.8 kilometres from Patna, so brace yourself for a bit of a journey. If you are covering Nalanda University, do not miss this place!