Shiretu Juu

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Shiretu Juu
Monastery information
Location Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
Founded by The son of the Altan Khan
Founded 1585
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Gelug

The Shiretu Juu (Mongolian: ᠰᠢᠷᠡᠭᠲᠤ ᠵᠤᠤ Siregtu juu), also known Yanshou Temple (延壽寺) or Xilitu Zhao is an ancient surviving Buddhist monastery in Inner Mongolia, China.

The monastery located in Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region. The original temple was built in 1585, later destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 19th century.

The monastery is a distinct blend of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, reflecting its intercultural influences. His temple has acted as the official residence of a Living Buddha, the English translation of the Chinese term for an incarnate lama, since 1735 and remains so this day, housing the 11th Grand Living Buddha. The complex suffered damage during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) but has since been completely restored. While open to the public, the temple remains an active place of worship for Mongol monks and their disciples.

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