Puning Temple

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Punning Temple is also called Big Buddha Temple because of the big Buddha in it.

The temple was built from the twentieth year to the twenty-third year of Emperor Qianlong in the style of the earliest monastery of the Tibetan Buddhism-Sanmoye Temple. It is of a gigantic scale and covers an area of 23,000 square meters.

Inside the temple, there are gate hall, bell-drum tower and inscription pavilion on the middle axes. In the inscription pavilion stand the monuments of A Record of Puning Temple, A Record of Pacifying Other Tribes and A Record of Pacifying Their Descendents. Right behind the inscription pavilion are the Heaven King Palace and Daxingbao Palace.

And further interior lays the Dacheng Pavilion, which is a standard Tibetan-style building with a height of 36.75 meters. Inside the pavilion stands the gilded statue of the Kwan-yin Bodhisattva with a thousand hands and a thousand eyes, which is carved with the wood of pines, sypresses, elms, basses and firry lumbers.

It is the largest wooden statue in China and has been recorded  in  the Guiness Encyclopedia. Shancai and Longnv stand in mellow posture on the two sides of the statue.  A Miaoyan Room and Scripture-telling Hall flanking the pavilion were for the emperors to listen to the scripture and have a rest.

During the Qing dynasty, Puning Temple would hold temple affairs regularly during the time from lunar December 25th to December 27th and from lunar January 8th to January 15th each year. The Lamas of the Eight Temples gathered to give performances of Buddhist dances, which attracted endless stream of villagers around the area. 

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The Puning Temple or Temple of Universal Peace of Chengde, Hebei province The Puning Temple or Temple of Universal Peace of Chengde, Hebei province, China (commonly called the Big Buddha Temple) is a Qing Dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built in 1755, ...Read More
Puning Temple Puning Temple is one of the famous Eight Outer Temples in Chengde city, Hebei Province, located to the north of the Mountain Resort. It was built in 1755 of the Qianlong reign to show the Qing's respect to the ethnic minorities. In 1994, Puning ...Read More
The Eight Temples are located in the east and north surrounding the Palace complex in the shape of numerous stars embosoming the moon, which symbolizes the unification of the nation and friendly relationships between the various nationalities in the country. ...Read More

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by Ganesh 2011-05-23
General to help the temple to lie in the valley villa of Chengde of Hebei. Built generally and helped it before the temple, Chengde is own there are three royal temples, had a large number of lamas stationed. In order to strengthen China and cheat the connection which hide the area, improves lama s cutural dynamics through religious channel, Imperial Palace ...
by Kimball 2011-05-23
Putuo zongcheng Temple Putuo zongcheng Temple is the biggest and the most magnificent building in Eight Outer Temples of Chengde city. It was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier, so the Putuo Zongcheng Temple also known as the 'Little Potala Palace'. It's listed as the World Cultural Heritage ...
by Anninka 2011-05-23
World Culture Heritage Site Outside the palace walls of the Mountain Resort, to the north and west, lies the Eight Outer Temples. They were built between 1713 and 1780, many of them are in Tibetan style. Actually, 'Eight Outer Temples' is a collective name given to 12 temples. These temples were administered by Lifan Yuan, an administrative department for ...