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Linggu Si, Nanjing
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Linggu Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. The temple was described as "the best Buddhist temple in the world". It is now surrounded by a large park.HistoryThe temple was first built in 515 during the Liang dynasty (502-557). It used to lie at the northeast foot of the Purple Mountain, i.e. where the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is located, since the Hongwu Emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) chose the place to be his mausoleum and then the temple was moved to the present place. The temple was named by the Hongwu Emperor himself. It used to be large and covered an area of over 300,000 square metres. Later it was destroyed in warfare during the reign of the Xianfeng Emperor in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) and rebuilt during the reign of the Tongzhi Emperor. In the temple, except for buddhas and bodhisattvas, Xuanzang and his relics were enshrined and worshipped.Wuliang HallWuliang Hall, or Beamless Hall, was constructed in 1381, and is 22 metres high and 53.8 metres wide. The hall enjoys high reputation for its special architectural techniques. It has three archways on the front and rear sides respectively. The structure was built with bricks from the bottom to the top entirely, without a piece of wood or a single nail. Thus it was called Wuliang Hall, since Wuliang means beamless. It happens that the hall originally enshrined Amitābha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) whose Chinese name is similar to "Wuliang". Later in 1928, the hall was turned into a memorial hall for soldiers who lost their lives in the Northern Expedition (1926–1928). More than 30,000 soldiers were enshrined.
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  • 非常不错的一座寺庙,和家人一起去的 请不要选择周末前往,周末人很多,可以进入大堂后往右边走 有一座亭子可以在那里休息。 
  • When I went to the sight, and certainly to 灵 Valley Temple. Large temple was not, well maintained that the temple and its interior was kept very clean. Went to the tower is a good workout.
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  • LINGGU TEMPLE (The Soul Valley Temple) Linggu Temple Scenic Area is the third most beautiful expanse at the southern slope of Purple Mountain (Mount Zijin), in the eastern suburbs of Nanjing city, bet...  more »