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Reviewed on May 26, 2020



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Reviewed on May 10, 2017
The Great Buddha Temple is named for a 34.5-meter Buddha's Nirvana image of Sakyamuni. Located in the southwest corner of Zhangye City, Gansu Province, it is an important group of historical sites on the Silk Road. It is also a landmark building of Jinzhangye, a famous historical and cultural city. Founded in the first year of Yongan, Xixia (1098), formerly known as the Kaye Tathagata Temple, the Ming Yongle Nine-Year (1411) Named Baojue Temple, and the Qing Kangxi Seventeen-Year (1678) Named Hongren Temple, the Great Buddha Temple, also known as Sleeping Buddha Temple, because of the huge statue of lying Buddha in the temple. The Great Buddha Temple now only has such buildings as the Great Buddha Hall, the Tibetan Sutra Pavilion and the Earth Pagoda on the central axis. The Great Buddha Hall is nine rooms (48.3 meters) wide, seven rooms (24.5 meters) deep, 20.2 meters high, two floors, and the top of the double eaves Xie Mountain. There are 31 painted clay sculptures in the hall, which are relics of Xixia Dynasty. The reclining Buddha is 34.5 meters long and is the largest indoor reclining Buddha statue in China. There are ten statues of disciples behind the Buddha, beside which there are statues of Youboyi, Youbosai and 18 Arhats. Tibetan Jingge is 21.3 meters wide and 10.5 meters deep, with a single eave and a hilltop. The earth pagoda, formerly known as the Mituo Thousand Buddha Pagoda, is a brick-and-clay Mizong covered pot Pagoda with a height of 33.37 meters. The Temple houses the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China, the Nirvana image of Buddha Sakyamuni. He sleeps peacefully on the Buddhist altar 1.2 meters high in the middle of the hall. The Buddha is 34.5 meters in length, 7.5 meters in shoulder width, 4 meters in ears and 5.2 meters in foot length. One of the middle fingers of the Buddha can lie down on his back, and eight people can sit side by side on his ears. This shows how huge the statue is. The scenic spots of Dafo Temple are Dafo Temple built in Xixia, Longevity Wooden Pagoda in Sui Dynasty, Mituo Thousand Buddha Pagoda in Ming Dynasty, Bell and Drum Tower and Shanxi Guild Hall in Qing Dynasty, which is famous in Northwest China. The temple has many ancient buildings, towering trees, green grass and beautiful environment.