With a history of more than 1,800 years, DongLin Temple was built in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and known as “Three Forests in the Sky” collectively with Shaolin Temple and Zhulin Temple. High on four sides and low in the middle, DongLin Temple is a lucky place like a treasure basin.
DongLin Temple was built in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and became prosperous in the Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties. There are many cultural relics in DongLin Temple, among which the most famous are White Jade Buddha, Donglin Night Bell, and ChuJin Furnace. The statue of Southern Sunshine Bodhisattva worshiped in the ancient cave in DongLin Temple is a white Jade Buddha cast according to an imperial decree of Zhu Yuanzhang, with exquisite materials and fine work. DongLin Evening Bell was cast by Minglun, the Abbot of the temple during Jingtai Period of the Ming Dynasty. The bell sounds generally far in the early evening. The Fenjin Furnace, also built in the Ming Dynasty, is 1.07 meters high and weighs a thousand catties. It is composed of three pillars and the body was cast with a coiling dragon which stretches its head on all sides and looks magnificent.
There is a Buddhist pagoda in the west of the temple, which is about 10 meters high. With a narrow mouth and a wide body, it is a solid brick pagoda in the shape of a bottle in the Indian style. Each layer of the pagoda was carved beautiful embossed patterns, and the bottom with inverted rosettes. The spire stands with pearls out proudly. Besides, there are many stone tablets and steles around, which make the pagoda full of ancient color and charm.
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