Purple Cloud Temple

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The Purple Cloud monastery at Wudang Mountains, entrance
The Purple Cloud monastery at Wudang Mountains, inside courtyard

The Purple Cloud Temple, standing on Zhanqifeng Peak, is a Taoist temple of the Wudang Mountains Taoist complex. After being built in 1119-26, it was rebuilt in 1413 and extended in 1803-20.[1]

It consists of several halls and Daoist statues including the Dragon and Tiger Hall, the Purple Sky Hall, the East Hall, the West Hall, the Parent Hall and the Prince Cliff. The Purple Sky Hall is enshrined with statues of Zhen Wu at different stages of his life. Statues of Zhen Wu's parents rest in the Parent Hall. On the left side is the Chinese deity Guan Yin, and on the right is the Shouzi Mother to whom couples traditionally pray for sons. The hall also houses cultural relics, some of which date back as far as the 7th century, including the Green Dragon Crescent Blade.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains". UNESCO. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Purple Cloud Temple - One of Mount Wudang's Three Famous Temples - China culture". History.cultural-china.com. Retrieved 2011-02-09.