Guangji Temple, Beijing

Guangji Temple, Beijing

Guangji Temple is a popular tourist spot in China. Located in Xicheng District’s Inner Fuchengmen Street, this Buddhist temple today is the Chinese Buddhism Association headquarters. All major national Buddhist activities are conducted here.

Guangji Temple was constructed during the Jin Dynasty between 1115 and 1234. Successive dynasties made certain additions to it and the present version of the temple was completed between 1368 and 1644 during the Ming Dynasty.

Constructed over an area of 5,766 acres, the temple stands in all its glory. Some of the major structures here include the main gate, Mahavira Hall, Heavenly King Hall, Sutra Hall and the Buddhisattva or Yuantong Hall.

Connecting walls joint the three arched doors at the main gate. You will find all the doors decorated with colored glazed eaves. As you pass through the gate, you will come across the imposing and majestic Bell Tower and Drum Tower.

The Heavenly King Hall features Maitreya Buddha’s bronze statue. Maitreya Buddha in a seated position is guarded by four Heavenly Kings. You will find the Wheel of Dharma on the hall roof. This wheel signifies Buddha’s infinite power.

Mahavira Hall is located in the second courtyard. Do not miss out the bronze vessel in front of the hall made in 1793 during Qing Dynasty’s Emperor Qianlong’s regime. This 2 meter high vessel features Buddhism’s eight treasures namely the wheel, umbrella, spiral shell, vase, flower, canopy, knot and fish.

Yuangtong Hall is the third courtyard where you will find Buddhisattva’s residence. At the Sutra Hall, the fourth courtyard, you can find a rich collection of treasures and sutras. Here again, do not miss the precious sutras written in blood from the Ming and Song dynasties.

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Sight Name: Guangji Temple
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Xicheng District, Beijing  

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