Many people love to travel nowadays, together with their loved ones and even when they just wanted to be alone and have some time with themselves. There was actually this phrase “seen one temple you’ve seen them all”. It might really be true but this hanging temple in China will left you in awe! There was this hanging temple in China located in Shanxi province pinned on the side of the Mount Heng’s cliff. It is known as the Xuan Kong Si or the Hanging Temple or Monastery. It’s location may look a bit challenging to many people but its original position was already 1,500 years old. It was indeed a testament of the ingenuity of its builders.
The amazing hanging temple is also known as the “Suspension Temple”, the wonderful monument was said to have been built in 491 AD during the late Northern Wei Dynasty. It was believed that the building of the temple was initiated by a single individual named Liao Ran who was a monk.
However, there were some Taoist builders who offered their help in building the monastery as they were drawn to the site by the peacefulness and serenity of the place.
The unique temple was also perfect for those people who are interested in meditation as noises from below could not reach the lofty heights. The monastery was safe from the floods because of irs height. Aside from it, the temple was also secured from rain, snow, and sun because of its sheltered mountain’s peak. This is one of the reasons why the monastery still exists over the centuries.
The hanging temple lies 75 meters above the ground and it is also considered as the only temple left that has a combination of traditional Chinese religions including Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. It also has 40 rooms that are connected by a series of walkways, bridges, and corridors. It also has more than 80 statues of bronze, iron, and clay that represents the range of dynasties which have occupied and maintained it over the years.