Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hanging Temple — Temple Built into a Cliff

The Hanging Monastery  is a temple built into a cliff (246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Shanxi province, China. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. An array of passages links 40 rooms and halls. The construction of the first one started by a single monk named Liao Ran. Over the centuries, others have built on his work. Hang is a feature of the temple. The temple seemingly is supported by a dozen of crossbeams, but the crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became the support.


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