The Grand Temple is renowned for its ancient building complex consisting of folk ancestral temples, Buddhist temples, Taoist temples and imperial palaces. Covering an area of 120,000 sqm, it is the largest group of ancient buildings in south China and in Five Great Mountains. It is known as “the No.1 Temple in South China” and “the Imperial Palace in South China”.
Originally built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the temple has been destroyed by fire for six times, and maintained and rebuilt for 17 times through the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The present temple dates from the eighth year of Emperor Guangxu’s reign of the Qing Dynasty (the year of 1882). The temple was put under state protection in 2006.
The photo taken on Nov. 28, 2016 shows the magnificent and ancient Grand Temple of Mount Hengshan (Nanyue Damiao) in Nanyue District, Hengyang City.
Translator: Xiao Juan
Source: Hunan Official Web Portal