Jade Tempel - Jade Temple

Jade-Buddha Temple, Shanghai 2017

The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple in the Jing’an district of Shanghai. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues, which were taken from Myanmar by sea to Shanghai.

The temple was destroyed during the revolution, which crashed the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the statues were saved, and a new temple was built at the present site in 1928. It was called the Jade Buddha Temple.

The two precious jade statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain works of art. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Lying Buddha are carved from white jade. The bright and crystal white jade gives the Buddhas the beauty of holiness and makes them more alive. The sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high, decorated with agate and emerald, and represents Buddha at the moment of his meditation and enlightenment. The lying Buddha is 96 centimeters long and lies on the right side, with the right hand carrying the head, and the left hand is placed on the left leg. This position is called the ‘Happy Rest’.

 

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