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Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), Beijing

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The Beijing Dongyue Temple is a Daoist (Taoist) temple in the Chaowai area, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. The temple is dedicated to the God of Mount Tai. "Dongyue" is a synonym for Mount Tai, the easternmost and holiest of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism. Founded during the Yuan dynasty, the Dongyue Temple is the largest temple of the Zhengyi school of Daoism in northern China and protected as a National Key Cultural Relict. The temple also serves as the Beijing Folk Customs Museum.HistoryThe Dongyue Temple was founded in 1319. Zhang Liusun (1248-1321), a Yuan dynasty official and descendant of the Daoist Zhang Daoling, raised money and acquired the land for the temple, but died shortly afterwards. His disciple, the Daoist master Wu Quanjie (1269-1346) continued the construction. In 1322, the main halls and the main gate were completed. The temple was repaired and given its present name in 1447 during the reign of the Zhengtong Emperor in the Ming dynasty. During the Qing dynasty, the temple was rebuilt twice, in 1698 during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor and again in 1761 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. The temple also underwent expansion during the Qing dynasty. The temple was damaged during the 20th century, during the chaos that ensued during the Cultural Revolution. It served as a school, government offices, and housing for hundreds of people until 1996, when it was declared a national treasure (State Council resolution number 4-113 of November 20, 1996). The temple was restored in 2002 at a total cost of 5.8 million yuan.
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TripAdvisor
  • am a bit templed out so this was a nice surprise. the rooms explaining the various committees and principles of Taoism is very accessible and interesting. not sure why it's so quite compared to other ...  more »
  • This phantastic temple complex just East of the centre of Beijing and easy to get to by metro is one of the most intriguing places in the capital - not only but especially in summer; when the shaded y...  more »
  • There were only a handful of other people at the temple when we visited. It's one of the few places in Beijing where you can be almost alone. The departments in the courtyards are all very interesting...  more »
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  • This is one of the most interesting temples in Beijing, interesting depictions of Daoist hell and awesome steles.
  • This Temple is for King Dongyue and his family. It has many statues and stands out against surrounding modern buildings. The ticket is ¥10(the East entrance). If you want to hire a tourist guide, you can buy tickets at the West entrance, ¥40. The WC is at the rear of the Temple.
  • It's a 700 meter walk (10min) from exit A of the Dongdaqiao metro station on line 6. Few tourists visit this temple so it's easily toured. It's a Daoist temple and worshipers are seen making offerings. There's a bonus to visiting since the Beijing Folklore museum is housed in the back of the temple. It's stroller and handicap accessible.
  • This temple brings another interesting perspective on Chinese religion. All the depictions of gods and spirits is an amazing window into this very peculiar...
  • Taoist positive one in HuaBei, China's largest road view (Taoist temple) Temple is famous. It's lots of statues of 76 Museum is in the building, but the most prominent. From the taxi 2, line 6, line chaoyangmen station morning Sun City, East approximately 800 m.
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