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The Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple

altThe Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple (Dà zhōng sì 大钟寺) is situated in the Northern Sanhuan Road West, Haidian District, Beijing. It was originally the Temple of Awakening which was built in the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Yongzheng (yōngzhèng 雍正) in the Qing Dynasty(1733). Beijing Municipal Government approved the establishment of the Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple in November 1984. It is the only museum specialized in tourism, collection, study and exhibition in China.

Standing from south to north were the principal buildings like the Main Gate, the Deva-King Hall, the Hall of Mahavira, the Hall of Avalokitesvara, the Tower of Scriputures and the Big Bell Tower. It takes an area of 30,000 square meters. The national treasure Yongle Bell is housed in the most featured Big Bell Tower. It is 675 centimeters in height, 330 centimeters in rim diameter and 46,500 kilograms in weight. The bell was covered entirely with Buddhist sutras and incantations in Han and Sanskrit languages, totaling more than 230,000 characters.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:33
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