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Dabaoen Temple

  • Dabaoen Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Chinese history. Its predecessor is Jianchu Temple and Asoka Pagoda built in Chiwu Period (238-250years). It is the second temple in China after Baima Temple in Luoyang. It is also the first Buddhist temple in southern China. The center of Buddhism in China is also called Linggu Temple and Tianjie Temple. The three temples of Jinling are under the jurisdiction of Bai temple. Dabaoen Temple was built by Zhu Di of Ming Dynasty to commemorate Zhu Yuanzhang and Queen Ma of Ming Dynasty.It took 19 years for Yongle of Ming Dynasty (1412) to rebuild the original site of Dabaoen Temple. The construction of Dabaoen Temple was extremely elegant.It was built in accordance with the standard of the imperial palace. It was brilliant and bright day and night. The entire monastery is extremely large in scale. With more than 3o palaces 148 monasteries, 118 corridors, and 38 classical rooms the largest and the highest standard monastery in Chinese history, and the first of the hundred monasteries.

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