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Sleeping Buddha Temple

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Introduction
The Temple of Universal Spiritual Awakening, aka Sleeping Buddha Temple, is situated at the foot of Longevity Hill between the Old Summer Palace and Fragrant Hills Park on Beijing's western fringes. The temple, together with the Old Summer Palace, Fragrant Hills Park and the nearby Temple of Azure Clouds as well as Beijing's Botanical Gardens, form one of the capital's most popular tourist haunts, being located only about 30 kilometers from the heart of Beijing.

History & Background
As the Temple lies backed by the Shouan Mountain, it also got the name of Shouan (Longevity and Peace). In the year of Emperor Yongzheng's reign (1734) in the Qing Dynasty, it changed into the name of Universal Awakening, but commonly referred to as the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha.

Function & Layout
In its whole layout, the Temple starts from the front entrance gate, stretching north with 4 successive halls flanked by porches, side halls, parlors and abbot's room, which together form 3 connected courtyards. The main buildings from south to north are the Hall of Lokapala, the Hall of Three Budhisattvas, the Sleeping Buddha Hall and the Scriptures Hall.

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In the Hall of the Sleeping Buddha, is housed a copper statue of Sakyamuni in nirvana in recumbent position with left arm straightened and the right turned to support the head. Surrounding the Sleeping Buddha in a semicircle are clay-sculptured statues of his 12 disciples with deeply grieved expressions. The group of the statues represents a vivid scene in which Sakyamuni was articulating his wills to his disciples under the bodhi tree. The enormous statue exquisitely casted demonstrates the pure, solemn, yet simple style of Buddhist art.

Information
Admission Fee: CNY 5

How to get there: Take Bus No.330, 360, 904 to get there.

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