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Golden Temple

Golden Temple
The Golden Temple lies on the Phoenix Song Mountain in the north-eastern suburb of Kunming. In the old times the mountain was frequented by birds, most of which were parrots, and thus the name "Parrot Mountain". In the Ming Dynasty the mountain was frequented by peacocks. People took the peacocks for phoenixes and named it "Phoenix Song Mountain".
Although named like Golden Temple, it is actually made of copper. The copper temple was at last founded in the year 30 (the Ming Wanli Calendar, 1602 A.D.). The new copper temple was glittering and was thus named golden temple. In the later part of the Ming Dynasty, the golden temple was moved to Mount Jizu in west Yunnan (This temple was destroyed in 1966 during the "Great Cultural Revolution"). Later (1671A.D.) when Wu Sangui reigned over Yunnan during the Qing Dynasty, to strengthen his regime, he tumed to God and spent a large sum of money founding another golden temple (i.e. the present one). The copper temple has a pseudo-wood structure with a doubleaved roof on its gables. The temple is 6.7 m in height and it is 7.8 m both in width and length. All of its beams and columns, roof and ceiling, bucket arches, and other parts, are made of copper. Research shows that the temple is made of over 250 tons of copper, and is the largest and heaviest copper temple in China.
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