Guanlin Temple is famous for being the final resting place of Guanyu, the famous general of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdom Period (220–280). The present temple structures before the tomb were built in 1512AD in Ming Dynasty (1368 AD-1644 AD) and further expanded in Qing Dynasty (1644 AD-1911 AD). So most of the halls and pavilions in the temple were built in Ming and Qing dynasties.
General Guanyu (160-219) is one of the few people in Chinese history who enjoys great respect by Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism alike. He is also known as Guan Yunchang, and was a famous general in later Eastern Han Dynasty (25AD- 220AD) and early Three Kingdoms period (220AD-280AD).