The Hanging Monastery, China
The Hanging Temple is one of the most dramatic sights at Hengshan – a wooden temple clinging to the cliff side of Hengshan Mountain, appearing to defy gravity with only a few wooden posts as support. It was listed as one of the 10 top architectural wonders of the world by the Time Magazine in Dec. 2010.
The temple was constructed by drilling holes into the cliff side into which the poles that hold up the temples are set. Interestingly the temple is dedicated to not just one religion, but three, with Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism all worshiped within the temple and represented in 78 statues and carvings throughout the temple.
The Hanging Temple, located about 60 km southwest of Datong, China in Shanxi province.
The Hanging Temple is also known as Hanging Monastery in the rest of the world. The Temple built during the late Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD) by a monk named Liao Ran, and restored in 1900.
Inside the temple are more than 80 bronze cast statues, iron cast statues, and clay sculptured statues and stone carvings banded down from different dynasties.
It is considered as the best place to explore the facts of Chinese religons. The temple is accessible by car from Datong (about 65 km), the closest city to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Buddhist Caves, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area.
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