Sunday 1 August 2021

Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China

Quanzhou was the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road 

Kaiyuan Temple
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Kaiyuan Temple is a Buddhist temple in West Street, QuanzhouChina, the largest in Fujian province with an area of 78,000 square metres (840,000 sq ft).
It was originally built in 685 or 686 during the Tang dynasty (618–907). The temple situated in the Mulberry garden of landlord Huang Shougong who was said to dream of a monk begging land from him for building a temple. He donated his garden and changed it into a temple with the name of "Lotus Temple". In 738 in the Tang dynasty, it was renamed "Kaiyuan Temple", which is still in use now.
Zhenguo Pagoda is a five-storey wooden pagoda first built in 865 in the Tang dynasty (618–907). But it was destroyed and rebuilt into stone pagoda in 1238 in the Song dynasty (960–1276). The 48.24-metre (158.3 ft) pagoda was octagonal with five storeys. Every storey is carved with sixteen reliefs with a total of 80 vivid human figures.
The Renshou Pagoda was built in 917 in the Later Liang dynasty (907–923). In 1114 in the Song dynasty, it was renamed "Renshou Pagoda" by the Emperor Huizong. It is 44.06-metre (144.6 ft) high and has the similar with the Zhenguo Pagoda. - in: wikipedia

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