The Dazhao Temple is an important temple of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism in the Old City of Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. It is the oldest building and the biggest temple in Hohhot. It is usually referred to locally as the Silver Buddha Temple because here is a rare silver statue of Sakyamuni. The construction of the temple was completed in 1580 during the Ming Dynasty. In 1640, a major reconstruction was carried out, retaining much of the original architectural style.
The temple is now a popular tourist attraction because of its impressive buildings, magnificent statues, delicate frescoes, exhibited musical instruments and a beautiful collection of Buddhist scriptures. Of the numerous relics, the most remarkable are the ‘Three Wonderful Treasures’, the carved dragons on the huge golden pillars on either side of the statue, and the murals that recall the Emperor’s visit.
Apart from the main hall, the existing buildings within the Dazhao temple complex are almost all Han style. The main hall is a Lamasery that combines both Tibetan and Han architecture. In total, the facility covers 30,000 square meters of which more than 8,000 square meters of buildings are occupied. The main buildings in the Dazhao Temple are the main gate, the Heavenly Royal Palace, the Bodhi Palace, the Holy Hall and the Buddha Hall. The writing room and the Buddha hall are connected and called the Great Hall.