Xichan Temple (Fujian)
A hall at Xichan Temple.
|Location||Gulou District, Fuzhou, Fujian|
|Completed||20th century (reconstruction)|
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
In 933, under the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907–960), the temple was renamed "Changqing Temple" (长庆寺).
In 1349 in the Mongolian-ruling Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), monks refurbished and redecorated the temple.
In 1637, in the 10th year of Chongzhen era (1628–1644) of the late Ming dynasty, monk Mingliang (明梁) renovated the temple.
In the reign of Guangxu Emperor (1875–1908) of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), master Weimiao (微妙) headed the temple, he raised funds to restore it. Mahavira Hall, Dharma Hall and Hall of Four Heavenly Kings were gradually rebuilt.
Republic of China
People's Republic of China
After the establishment of the Communist State in 1949, local government restored and redecorated the temple.
In 1966, Mao Zedong launched the ten-year Cultural Revolution, the Red Guards had attacked the temple, volumes of sutras, historical documents, statues of Buddha, and other works of art were either removed, damaged or destroyed in the massive movement.
After the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, according to the national policy of free religious belief, Xichan Temple was officially reopened to the public in 1979.