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Xiantong Temple in Shanxi, a must-visit place in this lifetime

Xiantong Temple, located in Taihuai Town, Wutai Mountain Scenic Area, Shanxi Province, was established in the Yongping period of the Eastern Han Dynasty (69 AD). It is the first Buddhist temple established on Mount Wutai, with the longest history and the largest scale. It is also one of the five major Zen places in Mount Wutai, the first temple in the mountain, known as the "second ancient temple in China", and one of the earliest temples in China along with the White Horse Temple in Luoyang. In 1982, the State Council listed Xiantong Temple as a national key cultural relics protection unit. There are seven halls on the central axis, from front to back, they are Guanyin Hall, Manjusri Hall, Great Buddha Hall, Immeasurable Hall, Thousand Bowls Hall, Copper Hall, and Sutra Hall. Speaking of the Immeasurable Hall, it is as high as 21 meters, without a single beam, all built with bricks. The outer eaves are carved with brick arches and flowers, and the inner ceiling is carved with a suspended dome, which looks like a flower-covered treasure top, with a unique construction. You can take the free bus No. 8 in the scenic area, get off at the central area station, and visit with Wuye Temple, Tayuan Temple, Luohou Temple, Guangren Temple, and Shifang Hall. Those who drive by themselves can park their cars in the parking lot of the Great Manjusri Temple and walk there. In the off-season, you can also park your car in the parking lot under the Dailuo Peak. Xiantong Temple
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Posted: Feb 8, 2024
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