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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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  • 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 site, infrequent, worth a visit for its statues that make its specificity. Fully renovated in 2002, this site has 376 rooms that are 76 departments (of the beyond) Taoist and also 147 tablet in stone. There are many departments / Department where judge, penitent / victims, jurors, and Demons. There are for example the Department of different gods (land, River, forest etc.), the Department of the birth of the animals (birds, fish), the Department of monsters and demons, ghosts Department (it includes the general Department of ghosts and the spirits of the forest), the Department of life and death the signature, the Department of official morality Department, Department of bandits and thieves, the Department of the expedition or the abortion. Some statues are a little scary but the visit is relaxing.
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  • This Taoist temple is off the tourist trail and then the silence that is walking among its huge stone steles and endless dusty statues of gods and monsters, they do become a site extremely fascinating. The temple dates back to the Yuan dynasty and is still an active place of worship to the Taoist priests.
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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