Chongshan Temple (Shanxi)
The Shanmen at Chongshan Temple.
|Location||Yingze District, Taiyuan, Shanxi|
|Date established||Tang dynasty|
The original temple dates back to the Tang dynasty (618–907). It initially called "White Horse Temple" (白马寺) and later became "Yanshou Temple" (延寿寺) and "Zongshan Temple" (宗善寺). The current name dates to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
People's Republic of China
On March 5, 2013, it was listed among the seventh batch of "Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in Shanxi" by the State Council of China.
Hall of Great Compassion
The Hall of Great Compassion is seven rooms wide and four rooms deep with double eaves gable and hip roofs. It still preserves the structural and architectural style in the Ming dynasty. In the middle of the hall placed the statue of Thousand-armed and eyed Guanyin with statues of Thousand-armed and bowls Manjusri and Samantabhadra stand on the left and right sides. The statues were made in the Hongwu period of the Ming dynasty. Each of them is 8.5-metre (28 ft) high.
Chinese guardian lions
Ming dynasty bell
An iron bell hanging on the Bell tower. It is 2-metre (6 ft 7 in) high and weighting 4,999.5-kilogram (11,022 lb). Its outside diameter is 1.8-metre (5 ft 11 in). It was cast in 1506, in the Zhengde period (1506–1521) of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).