Sacred Places in Beijing

Dongyue temple

Taoist temple | Founded in 1319

– Founded in 1319 to honour Thaishan mountain’s god ;
– 60 000 m2, 600 rooms : it’s the biggest Taoist Zhenyi temple in north of China;
– It has been renovated during the Qing dynasty (1644 > 1912).

I have randomly discovered this temple. I was riding my bicycle and passed in front of the entrance. I felt quite intrigued and my curiosity led me inside. Entry fee was very cheap, something like 10 rmb. 

This temple is in the very center of Beijing but it’s super quiet and peaceful once you’re in. Visitors are not tourists but faithful who pray, others people come here to find silence. 

Many parts under the roof haven’t been renovated yet and we can feel the centuries through the wood. It’s actually rare in Beijing, because most of the temples have been repainted with shiny and bright colors.

The ridge tiles exhists from the Qin dynasty (475 BC – 221 BC), since then, it has never been changed. Their function is to hold the tiles on the roof slopes. Symbolically, they protect the building from fire.

On the main inner courtyard their is a grouping of stones statues created during the Yuan (1279 – 1368), Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) dynasties. 

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