Yuantong Temple is the biggest Buddhist
shrine in Kunming. It was originally built over 1000 years
ago during the Tang Dynasty. After two restorations and expansions
in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the temple took on its present
appearance, with covered corridors, bridges and grand halls.
This old Temple is famous for its unusual
structure, which is high at the front and low at the back.
From the front archway named "Yuantong Shengjing" (Wonderland),
one has a view of the entire garden. Behind a haze of smoke
created by all the incense that worshippers leave burning,
a majestic octagonal temple pavilion, elegantly furnished
and infused with a tone of antiquity, sits in the middle of
a big pond with stone bridges in front and behind. Inside
the pavilion there is a golden statue of Buddha, and to the
north is the splendid main hall in the style of the Yuan Dynasty.
Entwining the two central pillars inside the hall are two
giant flying dragons carved in the Ming Dynasty. The blue
and yellow dragons face each other as if they were ready to
fight. On both sides of the hall are covered corridors running
alongside the clear water pool. The stone staircases on both
sides of the main hall are carved out of the cliff and are
known as the "Caizhilu." From here one can climb to the top
of the mountain. Beside the path are the most ancient inscriptions
in Kunming. The characters are still clear today in spite
of suffering from centuries of wind and rain. They are one
of the most important historical relics of Kunming.
Behind the main hall are two caves, the
"Yougu" and "Chaoying". The caves wind far into the mysterious
depths of the mountain, and, according to local legend, were
once the home of dragons. In the Yuan Dynasty, a monk named
Juezhao built a temple beside the cliff to placate the troublesome
dragons. When the temple was destroyed, he built a terrace
on which he could perform his magic arts to subdue the dragons
and conjure them away.
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