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Dazhao Monastery

Dazhao Monastery: General Introduction

The Dazhao Monastery, meaning large monastery in Mongolian, is located in the old town of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. It is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Local people usually call itSilver Buddha Temple (Yinfosi) because there is a silver statue of Buddha that measures 2.5-meter-high (8.2-foot-high). The construction of the temple was completed in 1580 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It went through a large scale renovation in 1640 with much of the original architectural style was retained.

Dazhao Monastery owns its fame to a visit by the third Dalai Lama from Tibet in 1586 when the Dalai Lama brought the monastery the Silver Buddha statue. Since then Hohhot became the center for people from all overMongolia to practice Buddhism. Another notable event in the temple's long history was a visit by Emperor Kangxi during the early part of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Dazhao Monastery Travel Tip:

Admission Fee: CNY 30

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:35