Picture of Octagonal Hall in Xiangguo Temple

The Octagonal Hall in Xiangguo Temple stands a wooden statue of the Goddess of Mercy with many hands and eyes which was carved during the reign of Emperor Qian Long (1736 -1795) of the Qing Dynasty and the statue is regarded as a masterpiece of wood carving from that era…

The Octagonal Hall in Xiangguo Temple stands a wooden statue of the Goddess of Mercy with many hands and eyes which was carved during the reign of Emperor Qian Long (1736 -1795) of the Qing Dynasty and the statue is regarded as a masterpiece of wood carving from that era. At present, the existing structures of the temple are the Grand Hall, the Octagonal Hall, the east and west chambers, and other buildings holding Buddhist sutras. Today the temple's main attraction is the magnificent four-sided statue of Avalokitesvara (the male Indian bodhisattva who became transfigured over the years into the female Guan Yin), with a thousand hands and a thousand eyes (all-seeing and compassionate), who stands surrounded by 500 Arhats. Weighing 2,000 kilograms (2.2 tons), the 7m (23-ft.) high statue was said to have been carved from the trunk of a thousand-year-old ginkgo tree and required 58 years to complete…

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