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Puningsi Temple (Temple of Universal Peace) (built 1755)

Puningsi temple is one of the Waibamiao (Eight Outer Temples) of Chengde. It was built in 1755 by Emperor Qianlong to commemorate his victory over the Dzungar people and to memorialize his hope that a period of universal peace would prevail. The temple is supposedly built in imitation of the Sangye monastery in Tibet, though the architectural features are mostly Chinese with some Tibetan elements. The main hall of the temple, the Dachengge, contains a standing Buddha image of Guanyin which, at over 24 meters tall, is the largest of its kind in China.

According to GPS readings taken on site, the front gate of the temple is located at 41 00.81294' N, 117 56.76912' E (WGS84 map datum).

Plan view

Image largely redrawn and adapted from Ancient Architecture of Chengde by Tianjin University.

Plan of Puningsi temple


All images copyright 2008 Timothy M. Ciccone. Photographed early May, 2008.

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  China Building Industry Press, 1982. Hong Kong

Signposts located on site

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lender posted on Sat May 19, 2012 5:21 pm:

Beautiful temple

Janet posted on Sun May 29, 2011 9:34 pm:

Very nice resource. But I believe the temple in Tibet that this is modelled after is Samye, not Sangye. Would be great if you could have a model of that structure as well for comparison.