Guangyun Burmese Temple

The Guangyun Burmese Temple is located to the north of Mengdong Street in Cangyuan County of the Lincang area, Yunnan Province.

The Guangyun Burmese Temple is a construction belonging to Hinayana. It was built in the early years of Emperor Daoguang's reign in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and covers an area of 2,200 square meters. The present main hall is built on a base 0.5 to 1.5 meters high. The temple is 14.8 meters wide and 24.4 meters long. The pavilion has a double-eaved gable and hip roof and brackets beneath the eaves carved with floating clouds. The main hall, built on a wooden structure, has three-layers of eaves and a gable and hip roof. The doors and windows are engraved with patterns and the girders and columns are decorated with golden water patterns. The exquisite carving techniques reflect the traditional crafts of the Dai ethnic minority. Six golden columns stand in a row in the hall and two huge wood-carved dragons hang from the front girder giving the hall a splendid hue. Both the inner and outer walls are covered in frescos, of which 10 are well preserved, measuring 48 square meters in total. Buddhist stories and local customs are the inspired themes of the frescos, which possess a style and drawing technique similar to that of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties.

The Guangyun Burmese Temple is believed to have been constructed in the eighth year (1828) of the Daoguang reign in the Qing Dynasty. The construction style has been greatly influenced by architecture of the Hans, but retains the basic form of the Hinayana Temple, as well, providing solid evidence of the cultural exchange between the Han and Dai people.


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