Thousand Buddha Mountain

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Thousand Buddha Mountain – Visit and Experience the Difference

Origin of Buddhism was from India but if you want to learn the rich cultural lineage about Buddhism and the influence that created in the society, you must visit China. By all means, China is a blessed land of wonders where you can find out Chinese culture amalgamated with Buddhism and at the mean time kept the ethnic identities intact. The great influence of Buddhism is visible in various forms of art works, sculptures and mountain scenic spots. Various Dynasties have been competing on their on way to enrich Buddhist culture and life style by promoting the preaching of Lord Buddha-who preached love, compassion and tranquility.

Very much within the city

Thousand Buddha Mountain is a rich example to show case, how the Dynasties contributed their efforts to promote and maintain Buddhism in China. The Thousand Buddha Mountain is situated two and half kilometer away from Jinin city, towards south east side. It is a public park since 1959 and state is putting all its effort to maintain its delicacy and tranquility to keep the mountain premises without losing its sacredness. The top hill is 285 meters above sea level and from the base of the hill the altitude is calculated as 200 meters. It is a small hill covering an area of 1.66 square kilometers.

Construction of Thousand Buddha Temple

The Thousand Buddha Mountain is renowned for the number of Buddha images carved on the hill rocks and also free standing sculptures, which was beleived to be done during the Sui Dynasty in 518-618 BC. Buddhism became very predominant during Sui Dynasty under Emperor Wen. The Emperor encouraged monks to throng in to Jinan Mountains and the monks started to chisel out various huge carving and creating sculptures of Buddha. At that time the hill was called as Miji Hill or Li Hill. Later, a temple was constructed in the base portion of the hill and mountain was re-named as Thousand Huddha Mountain". The road that links Thousand Buddha Mountain and Jinan is named as Lishan Road, which denoted the old name of the hill Li Hill otherwise Li Shan.

The Thousand Buddha Statue

Apart from the Buddha carving and statues, lots of temples and annex buildings were also constructed on the hill. Out of these, Xingguochan Temple is a very famous structure, which was built during Tang Dynasty while under the rule of Emperor Taizhong. During Song Dynasty the temple has undergone extensive expansion works, but these temples were severely damaged and destroyed by various invasions and wars. In 1468, during Ming Dynasty, the structures were underwent massive restoration works and during Qing Dynasty so many halls namely, Guanying Hall, Foye Hall and the famous land mark Thousand Buddha statue were also added to the complex.

Negative impact of Cultural Revolution and the resurrection

The Cultural Revolution was considered as one of the worst time for Thousand Buddha Mountain. Many of statues and carvings were destroyed or damaged or lost forever. But the government started to recreate its fame and restoration works have started in 1979. Many statues and sculptures were re-created and some of them are added to boosts its tourist attraction. The largest new statute added to the complex was the 20 meter tall Maitreya Buddha which was completed in the year 2000. The entire complex has undergone lot of revamping and lots of new road and promenades are constructed to enhance local and international visitors. Be among them!

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