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Golden Temple

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Golden Temple is located at the top of Phoenix Song Mountain, about 11 kilometers or 7 miles northeast of Kunming. The temple is 7 meters or 23 feet high and about 38 square meters in area. The history of the Golden Temple starts during the Ming Dynasty in 1602. This temple was built to honor the Taoist hero-god Zishi. 35 years later, in 1637, the entire original temple was moved to Jizu, Chicken Foot Mountain in western Yunnan. Three decades later in 1671, an exact duplicate of the original temple was built, but due to the ravages of the Muslim rebellion of 1857, its complete repair in 1890 was set in motion, using 250 tons or 246 gross ton of solid bronze.
Except for the staircases and balustrades, which are made of marble, the walls, columns, rafters, roof tiles, altars, Buddha statues, wall decorations, inscribed boards, well-screens and other decorations and the banner near the gate tower are all made of copper. The burnished copper gleamed like gold and that is why people named it the Golden Temple. Since its last renovation, this beloved copper temple on the top of Mingfeng Hill has been well cared and has become the most famous Taoist shrine in Yunnan Province.
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