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. No.6 bus proceeds to Puning Temple.
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