Modern day visitors to Lingyin Temple will enjoy ambling among the picturesque grottos and examining the hundreds of intricate Buddhist carvings. One such carving, the 82 foot (25 meter) tall, camphor wood carving of Sakyamuni is believed to be largest wood-carved Buddhist statue found anywhere in the world.
As you enter the temple through the “Hall of the Heavenly Kings” the first two things which become apparent are the intoxicating smell of incense and the ornately painted phoenixes and dragons which fly across the entryway ceiling. At the nearby “Hall of 500 Arhats” the floor is laid out in a Buddhist swastika pattern where 500 seated bronze arhats—Buddhist spiritual practitioners—gaze down onto the visitor from above. At the center of the hall a towering bronze structure which holds four bodhisattvas is reputed to be one of the tallest solid bronze structures found anywhere in the world.
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