Friday, March 20, 2015
Chaozhou Kaiyuan Temple 潮州开元寺 - PhotoHunt
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On my trip to Chaozhou last October, I visted the Chaozhou Kai Yuan Temple (潮州开元寺) which is situated within the walls of Chaozhou Old City. A beautiful temple complex with several interesting courtyards filled with lovely trees and flowers. It was built over 200 years ago and has in recent years undergone a reconstruction.
We had a guide to bring us round and tell us the history behind this temple. The temple features the architectural style of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. During the Cultural Revolution decade, a large number of Ming and Qing Dynasties relics were destroyed.
The temple was able to attract many visitors because it was said to have granted many worshippers' wishes. Tickets were cheap, only five reminbi. But from 4th March 2015, it is free admission.
We followed the guide on a tour of the temple grounds, looking up at the ceiling of a building..... What a sight! Pretty cool beams, huh?
The carving, sculptures and paintings are so intricate and abundant. We saw dragons and animals all around us. The intricately carved columns support a beam which is held together purely with joints as no nails are used.