|The Main Gate|
Originally built in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), additions were made to Guangji Temple in successive dynasties. The present was completed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the original structure having undergone three expansions, three fires, and three reconstructions. It now covers an area of 5.7 acres (2.3 hectares). The major structures are the main gate, the Heavenly King Hall, Mahavira Hall, Yuantong Hall (or Buddhisattva Hall) and Sutra Hall.
The Main Gate includes three arched doors joined to each other by connecting walls. Each door is adorned with colored glazed eaves and accompanied by a stele. Passing through the gate, visitors will see the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, and will find themselves facing the middle Heavenly King Hall. Inside the Hall, the bronze statue of the Maitreya Buddha is sitting in the dominant place, guarded by the four Heavenly Kings. On the roof of the hall is a Wheel of Dharma, designed to suggest the infinite power of Buddha.
In the second courtyard of Guangji Temple is the Mahavira Hall. In front of the hall is a bronze vessel that was made in 1793, during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This fine vessel is 6.6 feet (2 meters) high, cast with the eight treasures of Buddhism - "the wheel, spiral shell, umbrella, canopy, flower, vase, fish, and knot". Inside the hall are statues of Buddha and 18 arhats (Buddhist practitioners said to have special powers). Across their backs is a painting by an artist of the Qing Dynasty. The painting, 16.4 feet (5 meters) high and 33 feet (10 meters) wide, is a great artwork, as the artist has painted it with his fingers rather than a brush pen.
The Yuantong Hall in the third courtyard is the residence of Buddhisattva.
The two-storied Sutra Hall of the fourth yard houses the collection of sutras and treasures. It is filled with curiosities that have been given as gifts by friendly Buddhists of other states, and over 100,000 volumes of sutras. Amongst them, the sutras written in blood from the Song (960-1279) and Ming Dynasties are especially precious.
How to get there
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Xisi Station. Get out from Exit A and walk to the south for three minutes.
1. Take bus 3, 13, 42, or 102 and get off at Xisi Lukou Xi Station.
2. Take bus 22, 38, 88, 105, 409, or Special Line 13 and get off at Xisi Lukou Bei Station.
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|Opening Hours:||07:00 to 16:30|
|Recommended Time for a Visit:||One and a half hours|
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