Travel Destinations: Exploring the temples in Beijing

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 29th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article looks at the different temples you can visit in Beijing.

Travel Destinations: Exploring the temples in Beijing

Travel Destinations: Exploring the temples in Beijing

Beijing is one of those worldwide destinations that people, no matter where, want to visit at least once in their lifetimes. In fact, you will need at least two or three trips easy just to get through everything.

China is famous for its beautiful temples; those majestic buildings with upturned eaves and intricate carved ornaments gracing the roofs while priests and monks light candles and incense and offer prayers to one or more of the thousands of gods.

Beijing itself has dozens of different temples, Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist, that will make your breath catch in your throat and allow your spirits to soar as high as the incense smoke. Here is a list of the temples not to miss out on.

Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong):

This is one of the most important temples in China, and the most famous Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. It features some impressive frescoes, ornately decorative arches, and beautiful architecture and interior design. The pride and joy of this temple is the 17m tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha made out of sandalwood and housed in the Wanfu Pavilion.

CONFUCIOUS TEMPLE (Kong Miao):

This temple has been mostly forgotten over time and this is why visitors should come here. Offering a respite from the smog and hustle of Beijing, the temple has recently undergone restoration. It is the second largest temple dedicated to Confucius in China and holds an impressive statue of him in the main hall.

ZHIHUA TEMPLE (Zhihua Si):

This is the place you want to go to if you want a feel of old Peking (as Beijing was once known). It has avoided being restored like other temples in the city and despite the fact that some of the art work is missing (such as the ceiling being the USA), this has only given it is charm. The masterpiece of this temple is the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall where two floors are covered in miniature statues of the Buddha.

DONGYUE TEMPLE (Dongyue Maio):

This temple is dedicated to Tai Shan (Eastern Peak), one of China’s five sacred Daoist Mountains. This is a fascinating and very spiritual place to be; the monks seem detached from the modern world. Not only this, is as though you step into the equivalent of the Daoist hell. Here, the different department are dedicated to the reflections of different wrongdoings one does in one’s lifetime. These include the Life and Death Department, Finial Indictment Department, the Department for Wandering Ghosts and the Department for Implementing 15 Kinds of Violent Death.

WHITE CLOUD TEMPLE (Baiyun Guan):

This is a massive Daoist temple which was founded in 739 CE but like so many temples during China’s long history, was destroyed and later restored. The halls you see today mostly date from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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Lian is a Research Archaeologist, specialising in Religious Archaeology.

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