Jing'an Temple, Shanghai

1/11/11

The Jing'an Temple in Shanghai has gone through many renovations and restorations over the years, but has been at this present location since 1216. It is possibly the biggest temple we've ever visited. It wasn't very calm inside because of all the tourists, but that didn't stop us from enjoying it. Not only are you immediately taken in by the beautiful temple itself, but also by its massive presence in the middle of a very cosmopolitan Shanghai neighborhood. Our friend Kevin kept referring to it as the "splendid temple." Splendid, indeed. 
Beautiful doorknobs outside of the temple
The courtyard and temple
I'm not sure what this is called, but it's where people light their joss sticks or incense

As soon as we walked into the temple courtyard, we heard what sounded like small metal clinking noises. 
It was temple visitors throwing coins in this bell tower for good luck. The floor was littered with coins from missed shots.
I thought I'd give it a try. My coin made it in on my first attempt! 
This enormous Buddha statue is made of solid silver! It measures about 29 feet tall
Yes, those are billboards on the buildings surrounding the temple. Right next to it are some skyscrapers, a fancy shopping mall, and the Jing'an Temple metro station. It's a very interesting juxtaposition of old and new, but I think the same could be said for a lot of places and things in Shanghai. 

5 comments:

  1. If I remember rightly this is one of the temples that goes absolutely insane at CNY as people crowd around trying to be the first ones to stick their joss sticks in at the stroke of midnight, 'cos apparently the first person to do that has good fortune for the rest of the year. Temples around the world get so crowded the doors even get broken down as people stampede in when the clock strikes 12!

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  2. That's crazy! I would have loved to see it happen.

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  3. I'd totally love to see that in person!

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  4. amazing photos! what kind of camera are you using?

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  5. @Kiersten Thanks! I use my beat-up Canon Rebel 450D with a 18-55mm lens. I'm almost ready for a camera upgrade, but I want to improve my photo skillz first.

    Sometimes when I enlarge the photos using Blogger's photo uploader they come out a bit pixelated, but the actual photos are really clear. I'm just too lazy to use photobucket or flickr.

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