Miaoying Temple, also known as the White Stupa Temple or White Dagoba Temple, is located in the Xicheng District of Beijing. There is a tall and spectacular white dagoba standing in it, hence the name. The dagoba is one of two famous white dagobas in Beijing, with the other one standing in Beihai Park.
|The White Dagoba Temple|
Miaoying Temple is mainly composed of the White Dagoba and four halls, which store many lifelike Buddhist statues, classical Buddhist scriptures, five Buddhas' crowns, flowery cassocks, colorful fabrics and other rare valuables. The most famous is the golden Dagoba Longevity Statue at the height of 2.1 inches (5.4 cm) with over 40 rubies and bronzy Kwan-yin Bodhisattva Statue with a thousand hands and eyes. In addition, Miaoying Temple is the earliest known place for translating Buddhist scriptures.
Miaoying Temple mainly functioned as an imperial temple in the Yuan Dynasty. The governor then stipulated that all the important ceremonies should be rehearsed here three days ahead of the actual ritual. The sacrificial ceremony of Kublai Khan was also held here when he died, which proves its importance. In the later days of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the temple became one of the most renowned spots for temple fairs, which formed the popular saying 'August eighth, time to visit the white dagoba'. There was also a custom on the lunar Oct. 25th (the anniversary date of the completion of the dagoba) every year. Many lamas walked around the dagoba, chanting the scriptures and playing music. Even nowadays many devout followers pray for blessings around the dagoba.
|The Elegant White Dagoba|
The dagoba is the earliest and largest Tibetan dagoba that remains as a witness of the once resplendence region of Dadu during the Yuan Dynasty and the friendship that existed between China and Nepal. It has now been listed as a key cultural spot that is now under the protection of the Chinese State Department. With high cultural value and heavenly beauty, Miaoying Temple is bound to amaze you and leave you with a unique and lasting impression.
How to get to Miaoying Temple
Take bus 3, 7, 13, 42, 47, 101, 102, 103, 409, or 612 and get off at Baitasi (White Dagoba Temple) Station.
1. Take Subway Line 2 to Fuchengmen Station. Get out from Exit B and walk to the east for about 700 yards (640m).
2. Take Subway Line 4 to Xisi Station. Get out from Exit A and walk to the west for about 900 yards (820m).
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|Admission Fee||CNY 20 (the first 200 visitors on Wednesday can enter for free)|
|Opening Hours||9:00 - 16:30|