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Jade Buddha Jing'an Temple Shanghai
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It is said that Jing An Si (Jing An Temple) in downtown Shanghai, China was built in the 10th year of Chiwu, the Eastern Wu Dynasty in the three kingdoms (247 bc) and relocated to its present location in the 9th year of South Song emperor's Jiading era (1216 bc). The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing dynasty and was renovated in 1953,1984 and 2000.
Opposite to the Guanyin Hall is the Jade Buddha Hall, with a Sakyamuni Statue enshrined and worshiped inside. The whole jade statue was transferred from Burma. With a height of 3.87 meter, a width of 2.6 meter and a weight of 11,000 kilograms the jade buddha statue was so big that a wall had to be torn down to hold it.
The statue is in the style of the traditional Buddha of Han Nationality: The shape of the Buddha's face is like a full moon and its impression is tender and serene.
Jing'an Temple's Jade Buddah statue is bigger than the two in Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple and it is the largest sitting jade Buddha statue in the country.
July 24th, 2011
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