Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fawang Temple

Fawang Temple is a temple located 5 km northwest of the town of Dengfeng in Henan province, China. The temple is situated at the bottom of the Yuzhu Peak of Mount Song. This ancient temple features Chinese pagodas that were built during the Tang Dynasty . The most prominent of these early Tang era pagodas is a 40 m tall square-based stone tower with eaves, its ground floor measuring 7 m on each side with 2 m thick walls. Inside this pagoda is a shrine and a jade statue of the that was presented to the pagoda in 1409 by a member of the royal family stationed in Luoyang during the Ming Dynasty. This pagoda follows the similar design style of other Tang pagodas, such as multi-eaved, square-based Xumi Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Other Tang pagodas include three one-story style brick pagodas, each about 10 m high. Each one of these is capped with a conical roof with arc eaves. Other pagodas of the temple were built during the Yuan Dynasty .

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