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Wudangzhao Monastery

The Wudangzhao Monastery is located in Wudang Gully, which is about 70 km away from the northeast Baotou in Inner Mongolia.

"Wudang" means willow and "Zhao" means monastery in Mongolian. "Wudangzhao" is the monastery built near willows and it is a famous scenic spot in Baotou.

"Wudangzhao" is Badageer Monastery in Mongolian and was built in Qing Dynasty in 1749. The first living Buddha Luobusangjialacuo Lama of this monastery selected the place himself, and built it according to the monastery pattern brought from Tibet.

The Wudangzhao Monastery was built against mountain and the monastery construction form an independent area, without outer walls around and having more than 2,500 palaces and rooms.

The Tibetan designed construction is the only existing complete Lamaism monastery in the south districts of the whole vast desert.

The outer walls are spotless and orderly with dark colonnade and window holes and the roof is plat-board type. The main constructions lie on the conspicuous slope inside the valley.

As you enter the door of the monastery, you will see the palace of Suguqin where people gathered to read scriptures. The displays inside the palace are resplendent and magnificent, and the pillars inside the lecture hall were wraps with woolen blankets veined with dragons.

There are carpets on the ground fully and colorful paintings on the walls. The statues of the Gautama Buddha, the forefather of the Shamanism Tsongkhapa and the successive Buddhism masters are enshrined in the back hall. Coordinating with the Buddhism religious doctrine taught it is the Querenlin palace and inside which the 10 meters high bronze statue of the Gautama is the largest bronze statue of Buddha inside the monastery.

Standing highly on the Suguqing Palace and the Querenlin palace is the Dongkuoer palace and it is the place for teaching astronomy and geography. On the lintel, there hung a tablet written "the Guangjue Monastery" in four languages - Chinese, Manchuria, Mongolian, and Tibet

There is a scripture platform in front of the palace and it is the place for Lama studying scriptures and holding oral tests. Walking more, you will see the Ahui palace located the highest place on the slope and it is the Board of Education that medical science is pass on. While the Rimulun palace is the religious doctrine Board of Education and it is the place that Lama's history, their religious doctrine, and canon are pass on.

The Wudangzhao Monastery once invited 7 generations incarnate Buddha, so the successive incarnate Buddha utensils, precious stationers are still on display in the Dongkuoer Buddha home at the back of the Dongkuoer palace. From these things, you can know about the situations of that time.

On both sides, there are rooms where Lamas used to live and in prosperous period studied in the monastery reached one to two thousand people. This large monastery with 200 years history and unique Tibet Buddhism is worth a visit. Especially in late spring and early summer, it is like an amorous feeling painting.

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