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The Shaolin Monastery

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In front of the Boura mountains, surrounded by mountains and green forests is the most famous Shaolin, which has become a national symbol of China, the emergence in the walls of the temple popular martial arts. The attractions name comes from the word "Shao", which translated from Chinese means "mountain" and "Lin" the forest.

The construction of the Shaolin temple dates back to the year 495 during the reign of the Northern Wei dynasty, but the temple was not so remarkable to read until here came the Indian monk Bodhidharma, who became the founder of the current Chan.

For many centuries the Shaolin temple was repeatedly reconstructed and currently represents a unique combination of different architectural styles. This is one of the reasons the temple was listed as a cultural heritage of China and is protected by the UNESCO.

At the entrance to the temple is the gate of Sharmani made in 1735. Each of the stone arches of the buildings are decorated a variety of drawings embodying the praise of Buddhism. In the upper part of the gate you can see the oldest nameplate of the temple, and print. The characters were drawn by the Kangxi Emperor.

The most important for Buddhists halls, located on the territory of the Shaolin temple, Hall of Heavenly Kings, Hall of Mahavira, Hall Lishui, as well as the Hall of a Thousand Buddhas. The interior décor of these rooms is impregnated with the true spirit of the history of Buddhism.

The temple attracts tourists primarily for its ancient frescoes and murals, steles, statues of Buddha, the forest of towers and picturesque scenery.