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Luoyang Guanlin Temple

Luoyang Guanlin Temple

Guanlin Temple, the temple and mausoleum of Guan Yu, was built to commemorate the great general Guan Yu. Guan Yu is the blood brother of Liubei in the Three Kingdoms Period. He is a legendary hero in Chinese history because of his bravery and faithfulness. He is the only person respected by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists. According to the historical record, the mausoleums of emperors were called Ling, the tombs of marquis or kings were named Zhong and those of holy men such as Confucius or Guan Yu were called Lin, hence the name Guanlin. Guanlin Temple, about seven kilometers south of Luoyang City, was built in 1596, during the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The complex. developed during the Ming Dynasty and was underwent several renovation and expansion during the succeeding Qing Dynasty.

Covering an area of 100 mu, the temple contains halls, tablets, small stone lions and cypress. Despite its military theme, this temple is strikingly beautiful; the elegant Ming buildings are highly carved and richly decorated. Especially fine are the carved stone lionesses lining the path to the Main Hall. Each has a different expression and a different cub, some riding on their mother's back, some hiding coyly behind her paws.

Luoyang Guanlin TempleThe layout of the temple highly embodies the traditional style of Chinese architecture. It is designed and built symmetrically. Moving north from the Opera tower, there is the Main Gate, the Courtesy Gate, the First Hall, the Second Hall, the Third Gate, and the Tomb of Guan Yu. The First Hall is most magnificent. On its main gate are a series of reliefs telling the well-known stories of Guan Yu. The views from other halls and places inside the temple are also beautiful.

It is the divine district for palmers to pilgrimage, attracting more and more person from home and abroad.

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