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Wannian Temple

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Wannian Temple, meaning a temple of thousands of year, is located in Sichuan and is considered one of the major temples on Mt. Emei. Built in the Jin Dynasty and originally called Puxian Temple, it unfortunately suffered at the hands of a great fire in 1946, causing the beautifully crafted wooden temples to be burnt down and only the brick palace built with Ming Dynasty aged bricks left.


Three valuable treasures found in Wannian Temple:


Beamless Hall

This hall is 17 metres high. The dome roof and the square floor often leads to visitors comparing it to a yurt. The shape of the building is a representation of the sky and the ground; with the dome roof symbolic of the sky and the square floor naturally symbolic of the ground. 


Puxian Buddha Figure

This monastery is the oldest surviving Emei Temple (reconstructed in the 9th century). It's dedicated to the man on the white elephant, the Bodhisattva Puxian, who is the protector of the mountain. This 8.5 m-high statue is dated from AD 980, cast in copper and bronze and weighs an estimated 62,000 kg. If you can manage to rub the elephant's back, good luck is believed to be cast upon you. 


The statue is housed in Brick Hall, a domed building with small stupas (Buddhist relics). When the temple was damaged by fire in 1946, Brick Hall was left unharmed. There is also a graveyard to the rear of the temple.


Tooth of Buddha

There is a valuable tooth of Buddha in Wannian Temple with a length of 1.28 inches and a weight of about 6.5 kg. It was sent by a monk from Sri Lanka during the Ming Dynasty. It is said that when Sakyamuni was reborn in the fire, his body was turn into Buddha’s relics, while his teeth were kept in good condition. Science states however, this tooth does not belong to Sakyamuri but in fact that of a 200,000 year old elephant.