Fa Hai Temple
South of Cuiwei Mountain, Moshikou, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China
: Fahai Temple lies to the northwest of Tiananmen Square.
: 26.8 km away from the city center Tiananmen Square
20 RMB for Adults; 10 RMB for Students
Bus No.336 from Fuchengmen Station to Shougang Community
Fahai Temple was first built in 1439 during Ming dynasty. It covers about 20,000 square meters. The legacy and main features of this temple are the paintings with high artistic value. The images of the characters on the exquisite murals are so vivid and colorful that even 600 years have passed they never changed. This is quite precious Chinese ancient mural art. Fahai Temple was listed into the National Key Cultural Relics Protection Units in the year 1988.
Why got its this name:
Fahai means the Buddhist doctrine or power of Buddha is as deep as the sea in which Fa means doctrine or power and hai means sea in Chinese.
Architecture and Structure:
Murals in Fahai Temple are quite famous. All of them are distributed on the wall of the halls. 77 figures are drew on the nine murals in the hall. There are men and women, old and young, god and evil, animals and plants. Siting or standing, walking or flowing, all of them are vivid and beautiful. Although they are works of 550 years ago, they still keep their bright colors for which they are called treasures of Buddhist art.
Murals in Fahai Temple are famous for those of Ming dynasty. In the main hall, there still exists 10 completed Ming murals on the six walls.
There is still a 2 meter-high bronze bell which was casted when the temple was first built. The wooden Buddha sculpture, altar and the more completed musical instruments from Ming dynasty are all art treasures.
Legend and Story:
Fahai Temple was constructed by Li Tong, the close eunuch of Mingyingzong Emperor Zhengtong.
It was said that Li Tong was directed by the fairy in his dream that a fairyland on Cuiwei Mountain in East Beijing could be the Holy Land of Buddhism. Li Tong asked his men to look for it. And they finally found the ancient Long Quan Temple. On east of Long Quan Temple, there was a treasure land which was surrounded by mountains on three sides. Then Fahai Temple was built there. Mingyingzong was a Buddhist, and he titled Fahai Temple himself. Thus, Fahai Temple was the royal temple.
09:00 - 16:30
Views from Travelers:
The murals in Fahai Temple is quite famous, which are comparable to those in Yongle Palace and even those in Dunhuang.
Girl from the Royal City:
The temple is constructed by the mountain. It is well managed, clean and quiet. Murals from Ming Dynasty are quite precious. There is mural literacy either from the techniques or from the classifications.
It is convenient to get to Fahai Temple. The scenery is good. Parking is easy. There are usually actors in front of the temple gate. Lots of ancient Chinese TV series are shot there.
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