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Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple is a famous monastery in Shanghai of modern times. Located at the crossroad of Anyuan Road and Jiangning road, it is known for the Jade Buddha statues enshrined. In the early years of Qing Emperor Guangxu's reign, a high monk named Huigen from Puduo Mountain went on a pilgrimage to India. He passed through Tibet and exit from Burma. In Burma he was Shanghai and left two statues, one in sitting posture and the other, in reclining posture. A temple was built to enshrine them.
The temple was built in the 8th year of Qing Emperor Guangxu's reign (1882 AD) in Jiangwan area. The temple waw deserted during the 1911 Revolution and then rebuilt at the present site in 1918. The new temple was completed in 928. The building is a Song Dynasty palace-type architecture, compact in structure, magnificent in appearance. The sitting jade statue, emerald and jadeite. It is a rare masterpiece in the world.
The reclining Buddha statue is in the Reclining Buddha Hall. It is 1-m long, half reclining on a mahogany couch, in a state of nirvana, looking serene and peaceful. In the temple are kept Buddhist scripture and different kinds of Buddhist relics. The vegetarian food in the temple is quite well-known. It is famous for its culinary skill in colour, shape, and flavour. To have a taste of the vegetarian food in Jade Buddha Temple is an enjoyment for the gourmets in Shanghai.
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