The Golden Temple lies on the Phoenix
Song Mountain in the north-eastern suburb of Kunming. In the
old times the mountain was frequented by birds, most of which
were parrots, and thus the name "Parrot Mountain".
In the Ming Dynasty the mountain was frequented by peacocks.
People took the peacocks for phoenixes and named it "Phoenix
Although named like Golden Temple, it is actually made of copper.
The copper temple was at last founded in the year 30 (the Ming Wanli
Calendar, 1602 A.D.). The new copper temple was glittering and was
thus named golden temple. In the later part of the Ming Dynasty,
the golden temple was moved to Mount Jizu in west Yunnan (This temple
was destroyed in 1966 during the "Great Cultural Revolution").
Later (1671A.D.) when Wu Sangui reigned over Yunnan during the Qing
Dynasty, to strengthen his regime, he tumed to God and spent a large
sum of money founding another golden temple (i.e. the present one).
The copper temple has a pseudo-wood structure with a doubleaved
roof on its gables. The temple is 6.7 m in height and it is 7.8
m both in width and length. All of its beams and columns, roof and
ceiling, bucket arches, and other parts, are made of copper. Research
shows that the temple is made of over 250 tons of copper, and is
the largest and heaviest copper temple in China.
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