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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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  • East and North Chaoyang District, feels the atmosphere of Chinese red pillars and walls. We have to learn about Taoism in China, to see the room and walked into the long corridor at the buildings on both sides.
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  • This is Taoist North Chaoyang District is located. Building the leading religion in China, such as bright red, blue and gold landscape, Indigo design, gate will feel a big presence. During and strangely relaxed and visited the buildings and monuments, statues, etc.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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 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.
  • This temple brings another interesting perspective on Chinese religion. All the depictions of gods and spirits is an amazing window into this very peculiar...
  • 游人不多,塑像、碑刻却不少
  • 元代道观