General Yue Fei Memorial (built 12th century onward)
This temple was built in honor of Yue Fei, a general of the Southern Song dynasty when the capital of China was in Hangzhou. He was falsely accused and executed at the behest of the Prime Minister, Qin Hui, in 1141. Twenty years later the emperor recognized the general�s loyalty and had this tomb and temple complex built to honor him. At one time the temple was an active center of worship, under the direction of the state cult, with semi annual sacrifices. Today it is a memorial to the spirit of loyalty and patriotism, which General Yue displayed, but has no religious significance. The buildings are all in excellent condition and constitute a museum of sorts. They have obviously undergone major renovation in recent years. The tombs and the tomb sculptures date from the 12th century, and have been meticulously restored.
All images copyright 2001 Professor Kerk L. Phillips of Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
Visit Kerk L. Phillips' website at http://temple.pomosa.com/