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Dajue Monastery

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Introduction
The Dajue Temple is a Buddhist temple located in the Haidian District of western Beijing, China. It was founded in the 11th century, and the current temple dates to a reconstruction in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty. It contains three main halls, a gate, a pagoda and various side halls.With a long history of nearly 950 years, it has many precious historical sites. Standing at the foot of mountains, the scenery here is perfectly charming with ancient trees, ceaseless water, and a tranquil and serene environment. The temple itself is appealing to those who are interested in Buddhism.The building complex is magnificent, simple, and well-knitted. It is famous owing to its cultural and historical atmosphere.

History
It was founded in 1068 during the Liao Dynasty (916-1125), the stone tablet records the history of Beijing and the construction of the temple. Another is the well-preserved figures of Buddha in the halls. They are outstanding works of art, with beautiful and lively appearances. Besides, many inscriptions and tablets made by Ming and Qing emperors are kept here, serving as testimonies to the rise and fall of the temple. A stupa embraced by a pine tree and a cypress, was built in 1747, and is the summit of the temple.

Architecture
The temple is arranged on an east-west axis, and contains five main buildings. Beginning at the east is the main gate followed by the Mahavira hall, the Amitabha Hall, the Sarira pagoda and finally the Longwang Hall, a building originally used to store sutras.

Information
Address:#9 Dajuesi Rd, Haidian, Beijing, China
Opening Hours:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Admission: 20 CNY
Transportation:Take 903 from Yiheyuan (Summer Palace, ???), and get off at Dajuesi (Dajue Temple, ???), half-hourly interval
Time for Visit:2 hours

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