Wutai Mt. monastic cluster, (near) Taihuai, Shanxi, CN

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"Mount Wutai (Chinese: 五台山; pinyin: Wǔtái Shān; literally "Five Plateau Mountain"), also known as Wutai Mountain or Qingliang Shan, is located in northeastern Shanxi province, China. The mountain is home to many of China's most important monasteries and temples. Mount Wutai is home to 53 sacred monasteries, and they were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.[1]
It takes its name from its unusual topography, consisting of five rounded peaks (North, South, East, West, Central), of which the North peak, called Beitai Ding or Yedou Feng, is the highest, and indeed the highest point in northern China. […] 39.079167, 113.564722" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wutai

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 06, 2013

"Since Emperor Taizu, Yelv Abaoji's reign [r. 907-926 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liao_Dynasty], Chinese Buddhism gradually spread to Liao. Many Buddhist sutras were translated into the Qidan [=Khitan] language and were carved on stone tablets. One of the four Buddhist holy mountains - Wutaishan Mountain (in current Shanxi Province), was a Buddhism teaching center of the Liao Dynasty." - http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/liao/
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 16, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 06 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastic cluster in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 20 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Wutai Mt. monastic cluster, CN.

General location of the Wutai Mt. monastic cluster, CN.
Lat 39.079167 Long 113.564722
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2013.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastic cluster's name

  • Wutai Mt. (五台山) monastic cluster

2. Monastic cluster's modern country & province

  • China:Shanxi Sheng

3. Monastic cluster's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 39.079167 Long 113.564722 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wutai The location of the peak has been visually confirmed in maps/satellite imagery, 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. Monastic cluster's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastic cluster's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 06 Mar 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 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

  • A major pilgrimage site - Debreczeny 2011.

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

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature


  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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