Tayuan monastery, (in) Taihuai, Shanxi, CN

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"Tayuan Monastery is located to the west of Xiantong Monastery. An enormous white stupa stands out in prominence among a cluster of temples and a grove of trees. It is regarded as the signpost of Mount Wutai. The stupa is fifty meters high and hung with 250 bells that jingle pleasantly in the breeze."

"The Big White Pagoda for Buddha's Sarira in Tayuan Monastery, the symbol of the Wutai Mountain, is said to have been built there before the Emperor Mingdi [reigned AD 57–75 - www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/383911/Mingdi] of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD). The pagoda, in Nepalese style, has a base circumference of 83.3 meters and is 75.3 meters high. Inside the pagoda, there is small India-made iron stupa, where some remains of Sakyamuni are kept. […] it stands in front of the other temples in Taihuai Town […]"
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 16, 2009

“The Temple of the Pagodas (Tayuan Si) lies to the south of the Temple of the Manifestation [= Xiantong ], of which it originally formed a part. It was in the Ming period (1368-1644) that it became a temple in its own right. It was then that the 50m/164ft high pagoda - the emblem of Mount Wutaishan and which houses a Shakyamuni relic - and the wooden arched gateway at the entrance were built.” http://www.planetware.com/taiyuan/mount-wutaishan-chn-sx-mw.htm#CHN-SX-MWMB
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 07, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Tayuan monastery, CN.

General location of the Tayuan monastery, CN.
Lat 39.00794 Long 113.58939
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tayuan monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 39.00794 Long 113.58939 - based on visual identification of the Tayuan stupa in maps/satellite imagery, and the Panoramio photographs, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 06 Mar 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 06 Mar 2013
  • <=0200 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 06 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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