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Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple is situated in the northwest near the intersection of Anyuan Road and Jiangning Road. It is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai,and has a history of over one hundred years.

In 1882, the Buddhist Monk Hui Gen brought two jade buddhas from Myanmar and built the temple to keep them. The temple was destroyed during Qing Dynasty and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple. The two jade buddhas are still kept here.

The construction of the temple is in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. The temple comprises the Hall of Heavenly King, the Precious Hall of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Reclining Buddha, the Pavilion of Jade Buddha etc. There are monks currently living in the Temple and the Temple houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute.

As one most precious relics in the Temple, the sitting one is a 1.9 meter tall portrayal of the real Buddha sitting at the moment of his enlightenment and it is carved out of a single piece of jade with diamonds and agates inlaid. Housed in the middle of the Pavilion of Jade Buddha, it is decorated with dazzling Buddhist lights and gold girdles. The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing on the left leg, this shape is called the "lucky repose". The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Jade Buddha, donated from Singapore in 1989.

Furthermore, there are many other ancient statues, paintings, a complete set of Buddhist scriptures (printed in the Qing Dynasty), and over 7000 other rare scriptures are kept in the temple.

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