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Art Museum of Stone Carvings, Beijing

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The Wanshou Temple (Chinese: 万寿寺; pinyin: Wànshòu Sì) is a temple located at the Suzhou Jie (Suzhou street) in Beijing. In addition to being a Buddhist temple, the Wanshou Temple also houses the Beijing Art Museum.

It was built in 1577 during the Wanli era of the Ming Dynasty to store Chinese Buddhist scriptures; it also later became a permanent celebration place for the imperial families of the Ming and Qing dynasties.[1]

The Wanshou Temple was known as one of Beijing's most important temples, and it was declared as one of Beijing's "Key Cultural Heritage of Preservation" in August 1979.[1] The Beijing Art Museum housed in the Wanshou Temple has also collected and preserved precious historical relics such as bronze and jade articles of Shang and Zhou Dynasties (17th - 3rd centuries B.C), and ancient art treasures such as porcelains, earthenwares, enamels, carved lacquer ware, ivory carving, wood carving, and many relics from past dynasties; it has a permanent collection of 70,000 items.[1]

Among the most important items displayed in the museum includes Chinese paintings and calligraphies from the Ming and Qing Dynasties since 1368 A.D, Chinese weavings and embroideries of Ming and Qing Dynasties, and ancient coins of China and foreign countries.[1] Modern Chinese, Japanese and other Asian arts and crafts and paintings are also displayed in the museum.[1]


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  • Aka WuTa temple translated as temple of five pagoda. Located right behind bejing zoo, however its best reached by alighting at subway station GuoJiaTuShuGuan literally national library station. Then.....  more »
  • Beautiful buildings and stone carvings near the north-west 2nd ring road with few tourists. It used to be the royal "zhenjue" temple of Tibetan Buddhism in Ming dynasty. Now local people call it Wuta....  more »
  • It's a 750 meter walk (10 min) from exit C of the National Library metro station on line 4 or 9. The museum is newly renovated. All the exhibit rooms are refreshed or new. There's a children's play area with a variety of activities and a rock climbing wall!! I was impressed with the indoor exhibits as everything was beautifully arranged and displayed with English signs with good detail. There was also small scale models of village of life in ancient times. This included hologram images of animated actors portraying life. These images really enhanced the dullness of the model. The indoor exhibits showcase stone archways, Buddha images, and calligraphy inscriptions. The outdoor exhibits showcase the majority of the stone carvings which are mostly tall standing steles and tombstone caps. There's also a garden maze that has calligraphy rubbing templates (Calligraphic Model Maze). There are benches to relax and enjoy the view of Zhenjue Temple which sits in the middle of the courtyard. This is a beautiful site. The entrance ticket includes admittance to the Zhenjue temple (Diamond Throne Pagoda). On Wednesdays, the first 200 visitors are free. Otherwise 20 RMB for adults. The rear entrance of the Beijing Zoo is opposite the entrance of this museum.

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