North Binyang Cave

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North Binyang Cave interior. The rear and north walls are visible. (May, 2004)

North Binyang Cave (simplified Chinese: 宾阳北洞; traditional Chinese: 賓陽北洞; pinyin: Bīnyáng Běi Dòng) is cave number 104 at the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang, Henan, China.


Initiated by order of Emperor Xuanwu of the Northern Wei in honour of his parents Emperor Xiaowen and Empress Wenzhao, the cave was not completed until the Tang.


The main image is an Amitabha with a patterned halo. Dragon-head shaped column bases dating from the Northern Wei flank the cave entrance. Other figures are also present (possibly bodhisattvas).

Nearby caves[edit]

Middle Binyang Cave and South Binyang Cave are adjacent to the south.