Dazhao Temple is a Buddhist monastery in the city of Hohhot in Inner Mongolia in north-west China. It is the largest temple in the city and is located in a narrow alley west of Tongdao Nan Jie.
Built in 1579 it has a shrine that was dedicated to the renowned Qing emperor, Kangxi in the late 17th century and murals in the hallway that commemorate his visit. An astounding 10 ft silver Sakyamuni buddha statue is among the temple's many treasures. Da Zhao also exhibits an impressive collection of musical instruments and dragon sculptures relating to Mongol legend. The monastery is a venue for Buddhist festivals held throughout the year.
Dazhao Temple, also called Wuliang Temple, is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot. It is located in the old section of Hohhot and was built in 1580 during Ming Dynasty. It is one of the biggest and best preserved temples in Hohhot.
It was also referred as the Silver Buddha Temple for its rare silver statue of Sakyamuni that measures 2.55 meters high. The Silver Buddha statue was dedicated by the third Tibetan Dalai Lama when he visited Dazhao Temple in 1586. The city became a religious center for people from all over Mongolia. It was also visited by Emperor Kangxi during the early part of the Qing Dynasty.
The construction of the temple was completed in 1580 during Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD) and it is the oldest Lamaist temple in Inner Mongolia. Despite major reconstruction in 1640, the original architectural style has been preserved.
The temple is now a well-known tourist attraction of Hohhot due to its impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate frescoes, musical instruments and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures. Its most notable relics are the "Three Marvelous Treasures", a title given to the Silver Buddha, the carved dragons on the huge golden pillars by the sides of the statues and the murals commemorating the Emperor's visit. The area outside Dazhao Temple has adobe houses, which are typically low and squat with decorated glass windows. There is one street called "Saishang Laojie" which is worth a visit. A lot of Mongolian handicrafts and relics are available there for a reasonable price-if you haggle.
Address: Dazhaoqian Jie, Yuquan District
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00