The plaque hanging above the gate
to Dule Temple is written by Yansong of the Ming
Dynasty, but the temple gate is in the strong
style of the Liao Period. Once inside the gate
of temple , you will arrive at Kwan-yin Hall,
which is 23 meters high. Inside the hall there
is a 16 meter-tall clay statue of Kwan-yin. On
the top of the statue there is a ten-sided Buddha,
and so the Kwan-yin statue is also called the
11-sided Bodhisattva. At the side of Kwan-yin
statue there is a Xieshi Bodhisattva, which is
a colorfully-painted precious work from the Liao
Period. On the surrounding walls there are 16
Arhat paintings and picture of a three-headed
six-armed Ming King, which were painted by artists
from the Ming Dynasty.
To the north of Kwan-yin Hall, here is a pavilion
dedicated to Wei Duo, the Guarding God of Buddhism.
Inside of the pavilion, there is a statue of Wei
Duo, putting his palms together and holding a
golden pestle, in a strict and respectful pose.
There is an Obligation Repaying Yard,
Qianlong Xanadu inside Dule Temple Scenery Area.
Inside the Obligation Repaying Yard, Buddha, together
with 4 famous Chinese historical figures (Hanshan,
Puhua, Fengbo and Daoji), is worshipped.
Qianlong was an emperor of Qing Dynasty. A "Xanadu"
is a scenic retreat for emperors. Qianlong Xanadu
was built du from various emperors, officials
and celebrities from ancient China. Besides the
Dule Temple plaque written by Yansong, Kwan-yin
Hall"s Plaque was written by Li Po, while
the plaque at the Obligation Repaying Yard was
written by Xianfeng, another emperor from the
Qing Dynasty. Emperor Qianlong left a lot of imperial
engraving steles inside Qianlong Xanadu.
Ring the eighteen years of Qianlong's
reign, and is also called Dule Temple Xanadu.
Inside Dule Temple, there are lots of examples
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