Miaoying Temple, Beijing

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    Miaoying Temple - White Dagoba

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009
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    The White Dagoba of Miaoying Temple stands north of the centre of the temple. It was designed by the Nepalese architect Anigo, whose work also includes the Buddhist Temples in Mt. Wutai. The bottom of the dagoba is a three-layered seat, the body appears to resemble an upside-down ice cream cone which makes it an interesting construction. It was built in 1279 and survived a fire in 1368. However, it was badly damaged after the Tangshan earthquake of 1976 which left it tilting to one side.

    Open: 9am-4.30pm. Admission: RMB20

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    Miaoying Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009
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    This temple is famous for its tall and striking white dagoba stupa. The temple has experienced a long period of uncertainty during Chinese history. In the year 1271, Mongolian leader Kublai Khan united the whole country and started the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The governor of the spacious and mysterious Tibet also began to succumb to the central state at this time. To consolidate the relationship between the empire and the monkish power in Tibet and to gain the agreement of the Tibetan Buddhists among the Yuan officials, Kublai Khan granted imperial permission to build the White Dagoba. When it was completed in the year 1279, a further decree was given to grant the building of yet another temple around the dagoba within an area of 160,000 square metres. Unfortunately, the temple was burnt to the ground in 1368, and amazingly only the White Dagoba remained. In 1457 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Emperor Tianshun commanded the rebuild of the temple which covered an area of 13,000 square metres (3.2 acres), much smaller than the original dimensions.

    Open: 9am-4.30pm. Admission: RMB20

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