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Golden Temple

Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Golden Temple

Originally built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the hall of the famous Taoist temple is made of copper, weighing about 280 tons. All the interior settings including the gate, walls, columns, doors, windows, Buddha statues, altars and roof tiles are made of copper.

The Golden Temple was first built in the 30th year of the Wanli Period (1602) in the Ming Dynasty. According to the historical files, at that time, Yunnan was ordered to send the bronze ore from Dongchuan to central China to make coins. But a war blocked the road. The governor of Yunnan, Chen Yongbing, and Qianguogong, the governor of Guizhou Province, Mu Changzuo, ordered that the bronze be used to build a temple in imitation of the Taihe Palace of the Zijing Palace and the Golden Temple on Tianzhu Peak in the Wudang Mountains, Hubei Province. The temple was later moved to the Jizu Mountains, western Yunnan. During the reign of the Qing Emperor Kangxi(1662-1722), Wu Sangui, a military general, rebuilt the temple, keeping the original Hubei design. The bronze used weighed over 200 tons.The temple walls were made with cast panels covered with extremely delicate and diverse designs.

The bronze temple clearly proved that a few centuries ago, Yunnan people have mastered the techniques of smelting and casting bronze.

Outside the Golden Temple, in front of the staircase, the wide branched camellias are called "Diechi" £¨Butterfly Wings£©. They are covered with thousands of flowers in the deep winter. The two myrtles close by have been planted in the Ming Dynasty. At the top of the mountain behind the temple hangs a 14-ton "Great Bell" of the Ming Yongle Era which is 2.1 meters tall and 6.7 meters in circumference, the bell was cast in the 21st year of the Yongle era(1424), over 560 years ago. It used to hang in Xuanhua Mansion in Kunming to announce the time. When Kunming expanded however, it was moved to the Golden Temple. In recent years, the Temple has been expanded several times when the "Parrot Garden", the "Camellia Garden", and the "Orchid Garden" were added.

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