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Introduction of Guoqing Temple

Guoqing Temple is a National AAAAA Scenic Spot.It has a history of 1400 years.

Zhi Yi(智顗), a prominent monk in Sui Dynasty, founded Tiantai Sect in Guoqing Temple, which is the birthplace of Tiantai Sect in Chinese Buddhism and has a far-reaching influence at home and abroad.

Guoqing Temple is located in Tiantai County, Zhejiang Province. It was first built in the eighteenth year of Kaihuang in Sui Dynasty (598). It was first named Tiantai Temple. Then it was renamed Guoqing Temple as “If a temple is built, the country is Qing”. The temple covers an area of 73,000 square meters.

Guoqing Temple was built on the basis of the style painted by Zhi Yi(智顗), the founder of Tiantaizong. After founding the Tiantai Sect, Zhiyi wanted to build a temple as the official ancestral court of the Sect, but it was limited to funds and was late to start construction. Zhiyi (智顗)wrote in his last letter to Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty, “I’m sorry to see that the temple died before it was built.” When Yang Guang, King of Jin Dynasty (later Emperor Yangdi of Sui Dynasty), saw the book, he was so moved that he sent Sima Wang Hong to supervise the building of Guoqing Temple.

The Guoqing Temple is situated on the mountain and layers of ancient buildings are raised. According to the four north-south axes, more than 600 ancient buildings are arranged, which are divided into five vertical axes.

The central axes are Maitreya Hall, Yuhua Hall, Daxiong Palace, Pharmacist Hall, Guanyin Hall in turn from south to north. There are also Freeing Pool, Bell and Drum Tower, Juxian Hall, Abbot Hall, Sansheng Hall, Miaofa Hall (upper is Tibetan Sutra Building), Galan Hall, Luohan Hall, Cultural Relics Room, Daxiong Hall, etc. In the center of the palace is a statue of Sakyamuni cast in bronze in the Ming Dynasty.

The West axis is the Anyang Hall, the Three Saints Hall, the Arhat Hall (Cultural Relics Room) and the Miaofa Hall (Upstairs is the Tibetan Sutra Pavilion).

The East axis is Juxian Hall (Monk Restaurant), Abbot Tower and Yingta Tower. The second axis of the East is the Licheng Hall, Dacheng Hall and Xiuzhuxuan Hall. Behind the back wall of the statue, there are 18 Arhats carved by Nanmu in the Yuan Dynasty on both sides of the temple.

Buildings outside the mountain gates – Sui Pagoda, Han Pi Pavilion, Jiao Guan General Zhaobi, Fenggan Bridge, Sui Dynasty Ancient Temple Zhaobi and Guoqing Temple Shanmen, are arranged along the terrain. None of them are parallel to each other or vertical to each other. They naturally scatter everywhere, but appear to be harmonious and coordinated.

The east-facing gate turns into the middle Yongdao, which is flanked by a yellow low wall only 1.7 meters high and behind which is a dense bamboo forest. It forms an ancient building complex with 28,000 square meters, 73,000 square meters and more than 8,000 houses.

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