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"Bamboo Temple" Top 5 Page for this destination Kunming Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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On a foothill of Yuanshan Mountain, 10km/6miles northwest of Kunming stands the Bamboo Temple. As yet the exact date of its construction has not been determined, but it can be said with certainty to have been before the end of the 13th century.

The temple contains several valuable works of art: the Yuan period (1271-1368) statue of the Buddha’s of the Three Worlds made of variegated clay (in the Buddha Hall); a small stone tablet on which is engraved in Chinese and Mongolian an imperial edict of 1316 calling on the army and the civilian population to protect the temple; the 500 Luohan statues of clay (1883-90) by the sculptor Li Guangxiu (in the Buddha Hall and two neighbouring buildings), which represent the various social strata in a very vivid and individual way.

Admission: RMB6.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 6, 2008
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