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The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

Taihe Palace Golden Temple, also known as Tongwa Temple, is located at the foot of Mingfeng Hill and is 7 kilometers away from Kunming. It served as an important Taoist Temple in the past, and attracts worldwide visitors present day. Unlike most popular architecture styles with the orientation facing south to north (in ancient China), it faces west to east. The main hall, covered by copper, is hailed as the “Golden Temple” due to its glitter and dazzled luster.

The history of the Golden Temple traces back to the Ming dynasty when an official in Yunnan province copied the architecture style of a palace in Wudang Mountain. The new palace was built at the foot of Mingfeng Hill offered as a sacrifice to the North God. The Golden Temple we see today was renovated by Wusangui in the Qing Dynasty.

The temple has an oblong shape, is 6.15 meters in length and 6.7 meters in height. Porches, pillars, tinted windows, enshrines, status of gods, inscribed tablets are combined to show the extraordinary beauty of symmetry. After witnessing the vicissitudes of various dynasties, the temple maintains its original style of simplicity and unsophistication. It has morphed the one on Wudang Mountain as the largest coppery temple. Additionally, it’s of significant value for scholars and historians in the study of metallurgy skills and architecture styles in Yunnan during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.