Xiantong Temple covers an area of 43,700sqm and has the largest scale and longest history in Wutai Mountain. It is located at the foot of the Bodhisattva Summit (Pusa Ding), center of Wutai Mountain. There are 400 rooms, big and small, erected in the Xiantong Temple. These rooms were built imitating the styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Xiantong Temple and the White Horse Temple in Luoyang is the two earliest temples in China.
Xiantong Temple was first built in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). Having been repaired for many times and changed many names, the name Xiantong Temple was finally fixed in the 26th year of the Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1687), and maintains till now.
Xiantong Temple stores a number of precious cultural relics. Once you visit Xiantong Temple and stand in front of the Front Gate, you will see two stone tablets, which are located at the two sides of the Front Gate. On each tablet carves the Chinese Character “Dragon” and “Tiger”. These two tablets are the heritage of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Grand Hall (Daxion Baodian) is the centerpiece for religious activities. This commodious building houses a large statue of Sakyamuni as well as two other Buddha statues.
Walling through the Great Hall, you will see Wuliang Hall (Wuliang Dian), Wenshu Hall , Bronze Hall and Bell Tower . The most glamorous hall in the temple is the Bronze Hall among all the halls. The Bronze Hall was built in the Ming Dynasty. Its interior decoration is made in bronze. Over 10,000 bronze Buddhist statues are decorated here, which looks very grand! Youming Bell in the Bell Tower is the largest bell in Wutai Mountain. It is also made of Bronze. On the surface of the bronze bell carved Buddhist scriptures of the Chinese calligraphy.
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