Walk in Foguang Temple – Xinzhou, Shanxi, China

Walk in Foguang Temple – Xinzhou, Shanxi, China

Foguang Temple (佛光寺) is a Buddhist temple dating to the 9th-century Tang Dynasty located in Foguang Village, northeast of Doucun Town , Wutai County, Xinzhou City , Shanxi Province, China.

Since the Sui and Tang Dynasties, many generations of emperors have advocated Buddhism, and by the mid-Tang Dynasty, Buddhism had reached its peak. The Mount Wutai (五台山) area has always been a holy land of Buddhism, and as a result, and as a result, over time it has been surrounded by temples of various sizes.

The major hall of the temple is the Great East Hall, built in 857 AD, during the Tang dynasty (618–907). According to architectural records, it is the third earliest preserved timber structure in China.

It was rediscovered by the 20th-century architectural historian Liang Sicheng (1901–1972) in 1937, while an older hall at Nanchan Temple was discovered by the same team a year later.

The temple also contains another significant hall dating from 1137 called the Manjusri Hall. In addition, the second oldest existing pagoda in China (after the Songyue Pagoda), dating from the 6th century, is located in the temple grounds.

It was announced as a national key cultural relic protection unit in 1961. On June 26, 2009, Foguang Temple was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with other sites on Mount Wutai.

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