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Bamboo Monastery

Bamboo Monastery
Bamboo Monastery
Bamboo Monastery

Qiongzhu Temple (Bamboo Temple), a Tang Dynasty temple, is located in Yu'an Mountains in the Northwest of Kunming, about 7 kilometers away from the center of the city .It is arguably the most famous temple in Kunming.

There is an interesting story about the name of the temple. It is said that in the Tang Dynasty two brothers were hunting at the edge of Lake Dianchi. Suddenly, they found a rhinoceros .The two brothers began to chase the animal, running after it towards Yu'an Mountains. To their surprise, the rhinoceros vanished into the woods. They searched for the animals carefully. But they couldn't found it.

However, they found a few strange-looking monks sitting on the ground. As soon as the two brothers came up to these monks, there was nothing but bamboo there. They felt very curious and tried to pull the bamboo out. But that failed. The next day, the two brothers went along and found that there was bamboo everywhere. So they look that as a very important sign from Buddha. Later, they decided to set up a temple there. Hence it got the name, Qiongzhu Temple. Obviously, it is nothing more than a legend.

During its history, spanning nearly 1,000 years, Qiongzhu Temple has been burnt to ashes several times and then reconstructed. The present structure mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty.

The temple's most outstanding artistic (and perhaps spiritual) feature is the distinguished, finely crafted statues of the 500 Luohans (Buddhist Arhats, or 'enlightened ones') sculpted by the brilliant artist, Li Guangxiu.

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