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Temple of Dharma Sea

Daxiongbaodian in FahaisiFahaisi (Temple of Dharma Sea), the ancient and solemn temple is located at the southern foot of the beautiful, serene and secluded Cuiwei hill in Moshikou of Shijingshan District of Beijing. A cultural relic housing valuable murals, Fahaisi (Temple of Dharma Sea) was first built in the Ming Dynasty.

Construction of the Fahaisi began in 1439, the 4th year of Ming Emperor Zhengtong's reign, by the Board of Works on the ruins of Longquansi (Temple of Dragon-Spring). Funds were raised by Li Tong, a favorite official eunuch of the Ming Emperor Yingzong.

Cultural relic in Fahaisi

The most famous cultural relic in Fahaisi (Temple of Dharma Sea) is the painted mural of Ming Dynasty in the Daxiongbaodian (Mahavira Hall), which are the most magnificent murals with the longest history in Beijing. Covering an area of 236, 7 square beautiful Murais in the Fahaisimeters, the murals are distributed on the wall in the back of the niche, the two sides of the north door and the gable wall. The total 77 figures in the murals, including Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, 20 gods of heaven, fairy maidens attendants and etc., show a splendid and dignified grand gathering of celestial beings. They are lifelike and have special facial expressions and distinctively individual characteristics. Also in the murals are peonies, Chinese roses, bodhi trees and Chinese bananas.

The three murals on the back of the niche depicted the images of Avalokitesvara, Maniusri and Samantabhadra. The image of Guanyin watching the moon in the water is the most magnificent, looking spirited, affable and pure. The Bodhisattva is bare-chested and graceful, with a transparent gauze kerchief draped casually over her shoulders, which seems buoyant. She sits cross-legged with dignity. Her cloth is very delicate, and the small six-petal flowers in the clothes are made up of about 48 silk threads. The murals in the temple are painted realistically and smoothly. The muscle and clothes of figures is full of sense of reality, which has demonstrated evident characteristics of Ming Dynasty. They are outstanding among the wall paintings of the same period in the world.

 

Temple of Dharma Sea Tour

Compared to the wall paintings of Dunhuang in Gansu Province and Yonglegong (Temple of Eternal Joy Palace)in Shanxi Province, the murals in Fahaisi (Temple of Dharma Sea), as a whole, is unique in its own right with its own salient features. So Fahaisi is the attraction really worth visiting during your Beijing tour.