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Huayan Temple

Buddhist temple in Datong, China

About

History

  • πŸ“œ Liao Dynasty: Established in 1038 during the Chongxi period (1032–1055).
  • βš”οΈ Yuan Dynasty: Reconstructed under the supervision of abbot Huiming during Emperor Wuzong's reign (1308–1311).
  • πŸ”₯ Qing Dynasty: Suffered a devastating fire in 1648, leaving only the Mahavira Hall and Buddhist Texts Library.
  • πŸ›οΈ People's Republic of China: Received significant protection and restoration efforts from the government post-1949.

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Architecture

  • 🏯 Mahavira Hall: Rebuilt in 1140, it is nine rooms wide and five rooms deep, covering 1,559 square meters.
  • πŸ‰ Chiwen: Features giant Chiwen, a legendary animal with a dragon head and fish tail, on the main ridge.
  • πŸ–ΌοΈ Frescoes: Inner walls adorned with 21 frescoes from the Guangxu era (1875–1908) of the Qing dynasty.
  • πŸ—Ώ Statues: Enshrines statues of the Five Tathagathas, carved during the Xuande period (1426–1435) of the Ming dynasty.

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Main Attractions

  • 🏯 Upper Huayan Monastery: Features the Great Hall, Kwan-yin Pavilion, and Ksitigarbha Pavilion.
  • πŸ“š Lower Huayan Monastery: Houses the Sutra Hall with 38 sutra cabinets and notable Liao sculptural groups.
  • πŸ—Ό Huayan Pagoda: A 43-meter-high pagoda with a 500-square-meter underground palace constructed with 100 tons of copper.
  • πŸ–ΌοΈ Murals: Large-scale murals in the Mahavira Hall, painted during the Qing dynasty.

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Visitor Information

  • πŸ•°οΈ Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • πŸ’Έ Entrance Fee: 50 RMB.
  • 🚌 Transportation: Conveniently located in downtown Datong, accessible by taxi or Public Bus 18.
  • πŸ“Έ Photo Spots: Numerous photo opportunities, including a panoramic view from the pagoda.

Nearby Attractions

  • πŸ‰ Nine Dragon Screen: A famous attraction nearby.
  • πŸ•Œ Moslem Mosque: Another nearby site worth visiting.
  • 🏯 City Tower: Located close to the temple.
  • πŸ›οΈ Shopping Area: Conveniently located near the temple for shopping.

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Travel Information
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 38R7+6V5, Yuhe W Rd, Ping Cheng Qu, Datong, Shanxi, China, 037049

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