Xilitu Kloster - Xilitu Monastery

Xilitu Monastery, Hohhot 2017

Xilitu Zhao, also known as Shiretu Juu or the formal Chinese name Yanshou Temple, is an old Tibetan-Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelug sect in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China. The original temple was built in 1585 but later destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 19th century. It is located east of Dana Street, directly opposite the Dazhao Lamasery.

The Xilitu Monastery, which covers an area of ​​13,160 square meters, is a striking blend of Han and Tibetan architecture. The temple is open to the public but remains an active place of worship for Mongolian monks and their disciples. The buildings of the Monastery were distributed in a traditional structure on a central axis from the gate to the main hall. On the central axis are the buildings of the decorated archway, the gate, the side wall, the Sutra hall and the main hall. At the central axis are buildings such as the bell tower, the drum tower, pavilions, warehouses, and dormitories.


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