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1,300-year-old temple restored in China

Beijing, PTI | Updated : 17 March 2015, 07:22 PM

A 1,300-year-old funeral temple of Emperor Shun, regarded as one of the ancestors of China, has been restored after five years of renovation work costing USD 6.55 lakhs.

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage spent a total of 3.74 million yuan (USD 6.55 lakhs) on the restoration project which started in 2010, Han Shirong, an official with the cultural relics bureau of Yanhu District, Yuncheng City said.

According to Chinese folk legend, the Monarch Shun lived more than 5,000 years ago and created the Chinese morality system.

Covering a total area of 122,500 square meters, the funeral temple of Emperor Shun was built in 738 AD during the Tang Dynasty in Yuncheng City.

Repairs were carried out during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, and today it stands as a major tourist attraction featuring multiple historical styles.

Around 3,00,000 tourists visit the temple annually, including overseas Chinese who come to worship their ancestors.

The renovation project mainly focused on replacing the roof tiles, rotten purlins and rafters, and strengthening the walls, according to Han.

Landscaping and roads nearby were also improved during the restoration, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The major wooden structures of the temple, such as the main hall, the bell and drum tower and the opera stage, were damaged by weathering, Han said. 

First Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 07:19 PM
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