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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 Ten-Thousand Buddha 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 Ten-Thousand Buddha 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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  • Like Shuanglin Temple, Zhenguo Temple is also forgotten by the locals and Chinese. This place attracts mostly foreign tourists. You need either car or taxi or bus to get here..about 20 minutes drive f...  more »
  • In the countryside to twelve kilometers from the center of Pingyao is the Zhenguo that holds within it the Wanfo Hall also considered him one of the oldest wooden buildings in China. Built in 963 a.d. still looks that we can define intact. Very nice here also interesting statues and frescoes on the life of Buddha. Deserves. Match it to the visit of Shuanglin Temple.
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  • Went there with my wife and father in law. I have to say this visit was the most memorable part of our Pingyao trip. The temple was very quiet and we were the only tourist when we got there. We were v...  more »
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  • Super nice temple not much visited. There is a scaring hell Hall with tortured and painted on the walls.
  • Town Temple in Shanxi Province, located in the city of Dong village, 1.5 kilometers north of the county, was founded in the north of the Five Dynasties period, formerly known as the Capital Temple, Ming Jiajing 19 years renamed as Towns Temple. The whole monastery south in the town temple, from two into the courtyard composed of 10892 square meters of land, building area of 5,000 square meters, the present mountain Gate (King Hall) and about the second floor, the Buddhist temple, East Peidian (observation of the music hall and the Tibetan temple), three Buddha building, such as buildings. The Buddha Temple was built in the seven years (963 years) of the northern Hans, it is one of the oldest wooden structures in China, with the first building of the mountain gate and the second floor of the left and right bell, after the building of the three Buddhas and the temple and the Tibetan temple, the Qing Dynasty Yongzheng, Qianlong rebuilt after the formation of the Bureau now. The main building is wide three (11.58 meters), into a deep three (10.78 meters), the Buddha altar surface area occupied about half of the area, high 55cm, altar on a Buddha, two disciples, four Pu, two days king, two feeding lad, a total of 11 statues, are the original five Dynasties. The walls of the temple are filled with colourful paintings. The King's palace was built in the Yuan Dynasty, several repairs still keep the Yuan Dynasty style, a single 簷 suspension mountain building face wide into the three, into the temple, you can participate in the 謁 King Hall God. King's Palace Two side bell, the drum floor, reflected when the morning clock is vulgar, the General Buddhist Temple building is the bell, the drum floor is called the phase, on the clock floor of a suspended iron, in the Kingsky five years (1145) cast, modelling of the ancient Pot, sound loud, unique works, from this more than 800 years, is the county of the most ancient dilute, drum upstairs drum, has now been lost. The center of the temple was originally molded with a burly statue of the public, the two sides is the Buddha protection God will four kings, all the reconstruction works in the Qing Dynasty, the first for the southern growth of the king, the hands of the green Wind Sword, the second for the east of the holding of the king, holding Pipa, the Western World king ...
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  • One-time can see five dynasties, Yuan, Ming and Qing architectural style, there are exquisite five dynasties, Ming Dynasty statues, murals, dizzying, can not miss, staff are very patient and friendly.
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  • 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。
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