Baima Temple to Undergo Expansion
A plan to expand and renovate the Baima Temple was approved by Central China’s Henan Province as local religious authorities reported. The Baima Temple complex also known, as the White Horse Temple will be expanded into a cultural park.
Baima Temple is situated in the east of Luoyang City, Henan Province, the 1,943 year old temple is the first Chinese place where Buddhist rites were performed and in turn became the first Buddhist temple in China. In 1983, it became one of national key temples in the areas of the Han nationality. In the past years, Baima Temple experienced several rises and declines. Among all reconstructions of past dynasties, the scale of reconstruction of the Chuigong reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) was the largest. Today, the temple mainly keeps the overall arrangement of the one reconstructed of the Jiajing reign of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The planned expanded complex will include an area that will house 10 exotic shrines that are coming from foreign countries. In fact two shrines have already been placed in the courtyard an Indian shrine and Thai shrine. The government of Myanmar will start building a shrine in the complex and construction is to start in April. To make the shrine authentic materials and decorations to be used for the shrine will arrive from Myanmar.