Posted by: danielfee | December 17, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 12-17-2012

Wenshu Temple - Chengdu, China

Wenshu Temple – Chengdu, China

Wenshu Temple

Wenshu Temple

Guardian at Entrance

Guardian at Entrance

Guardian at Entrance

Guardian at Entrance

The Wenshu Temple, located in the northern section of Chengdu, is a Buddhist monastery which dates back to the Tang dynasty. It is Chengdu’s largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. Originally known as Xinxiang Temple, it was renamed after a Buddhist monk who lived there in the late 17th century. Just inside the entrance are four large guardians, two on each side, which are vividly painted. The monastery’s Sutra-Preservation Pavilion holds an abundance of history and art. It includes everything from famous handwriting exhibits to paintings and artwork. Perhaps the most intriguing item on display is the broken skull of Xuan Zhang, a renowned monk of the Tang Dynasty who is still beloved by most Buddhists.

 

 

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