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Five Pagoda Temple-Beijing

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
The Five Pagoda Temple is an Indian-style temple and was first constructed in 1473 from a replica presented to the imperial court by an Indian monk. The temple has had a turbulent history. It underwent foremost renovations in 1761, but was looted and then burned to the ground, first by the Anglo-French Allied Armies in 1860 and then by the Allied Forces in 1900. After being partly rebuilt, it was forced to seal again during the Cultural Revolution however has since been restored and re-opened.
The temple’s square throne foundation is 17 meters at an altitude and the 5 pagodas rise from this foundation. The whole structure is made of white marble, that after more than 500 years of oxidation, give the building a pale orange cast. The 4 walls of the foundation are carved with rows of Buddhas that include the One Thousand Sagacious Buddhas as well as bas reliefs of Buddhist symbols, floral designs with Sanskrit letters. The Five pagodas are also covered with analogous carvings on a lesser scale.
The Five Pagoda Temple is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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