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Zhenguo Temple, Pingyao County

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Zhenguo Temple is a Buddhist temple located 10 km from Pingyao in the village of Hadongcun, in Shanxi Province, China. The temple's oldest hall, the Wanfo Hall, was built in 963 during the Northern Han dynasty, and is notable for featuring very large brackets that hold up the roof and flying eaves. The sculptures inside the hall are among the only examples of 10th century Buddhist sculpture in China.HistoryThe history of the temple begins in 963, when it was recorded that Wanfo Hall was built. The date is written on a beam in the hall, and is also the date given by a local history of Pingyao county written in the 19th century. A stela written in 1819 also confirms this date. Wanfo Hall is the oldest building at Zhenguo temple, and is the only surviving building that dates from the short-lived Northern Han dynasty. Although little is known of the temple's history, stelae record that it was renovated in 1540 and in 1816. In 1997, along with Pingyao city and Shuanglin Temple, the Zhenguo temple was inscribed on the World Heritage list as ‘Ancient City of Pingyao’.LayoutThe temple contains two main halls and a gate, with two courtyards in between the three buildings. There is a wall surrounding the entire complex. The temple opens to the south, with the Tianwang Hall (天王殿) acting as the temple’s gate. The next hall, to the north, is the Wanfo Hall, and the final hall is called Sanfo Hall (三佛殿), which dates from the Qing Dynasty. The northern courtyard also features two minor halls facing to the east and west called the Guanyin (观音殿) and Dizang Halls (地藏殿), which both date from the Ming Dynasty. There are also two bell towers located on either side of the Tianwang Hall.
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  • We were almost going to drop this from our day, when we were cutting it fine for the sunset at Pingyao. So glad we made the effort. We had a guide, who was very passionate about this temple. Amazed at...  more »
  • 镇国寺离平遥古城几公里,我们是国庆节前的一天到的,几乎没有什么人。整个寺院,结构完整,古拙质朴。中央大殿是五代建筑,建筑有气势,可惜就是院落太小,没有办法,拍出完整的大殿。大店里的彩塑也是非常的精彩。平遥边上有两个著名的寺庙,双林寺,镇国寺。我认为每一个都应该去。都不可以错过!  more »
  • A pretty small place. It is interesting to see the old Buddha structures and the old trees, but nothing really special about the place. It is almost deserted. On the more positive - it is an authentic...  more »
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  • Super nice temple not much visited. There is a scaring hell Hall with tortured and painted on the walls.
  • 當時去的時候環境很清幽,遊客不多,外國遊客會騎腳踏車前往,大多是住在平遙古城附近,然後租腳踏車四處逛逛,如果時間夠的話,還可以到雙林寺參觀一下。