The temple has been chosen by many travelers as the alternate of
the Polata Palace in Tibet owing to the exact resemblance between
the two. Even the name of the awkward four-syllable words is the
sinicized version of its counterpart in Tibet.
This temple was first built in the thirty-second year of Emperor
Qianlong for the purpose of celebrating his 60th birthday and his
mother's 80th birthday. It is the biggest temple of the Eight
Temples and was nicknamed as the "Little Potala Palace".
The most conspicuous characteristics of this temple rely on its
Tibetan style. Within the temple, about sixty flat-roof-house-like
white platforms and Sanskrit white platforms lays freely beyond the
axes to confront the mountainous terrain.
The main buildings big red square-shaped platform at the top of the
mountain is very attractive in contrast with the surrounding white
attics. This platform was used by the emperors to hold great
religious rituals and meet the tribal chiefs from important ethnic
groups as well as high officials.
The overall arrangement consists of three parts: the front part,
the middle part and the back part.
The front part begins at the five-hole stone bridge in front of the
temple, including the mountain gate, stele pavilion and five-tower
gates. In the middle, there are colored glaze archway and
tower-courts of the white platform.
The big red platform at the back is the main body of the building
group. The mountain gate and the stele pavilion follow the way of
Han style in building palaces during the Qing dynasty.
And there are inscriptions and carvings in characters used by Man
people, Han people, Mongolians and Tibetans in the pavilion, like A Record of Putuozongcheng Temple, A Record of Tu’erhute Tribe
Coming Over and Pledging Allegiance and A Recsssord of Showing
solicitude for Tu'erhute Tribe. These inscriptions are of precious historical value.
On the flat-roof platform in north of the pavilion, five Lama
Towers were successively set up in different colors: black, white,
yellow, green and red.