Guanlin Temple - Tomb of Guan Yu
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Megrim1888
N 34° 36.539 E 112° 28.649
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Guanlin Temple is the place where Guan Yu's head was buried. So, who was Guan Yu? He was a hero in Chinese history and is the only person respected by Buddhists, Confucians and Taoists.
Waymark Code: WMDK3A
Location: China
Date Posted: 01/23/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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The Guanlin Temple was built in 1596, during the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was expanded in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The temple lies about 7 kilometers (about 4.5 miles) south of Luoyang.

Not very much is known about the temple. The complex was developed during the Ming Dynasty and underwent several renovations and expansions during the Qing Dynasty. The structure now includes temples, halls, pavilions and Guan Yu's Tomb.
Guan Yu was a general during the late Eastern Han Dynasty serving under the warlord Liu Bei. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the downfall of the Han Dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. It is believed that he has lived from 160 - 219 a.D. After he was murdered by subjects of the Wu Kingdom, his head was sent to Cao Cao (a warlord and the penultimate chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty) in order to frame Cao Cao and start a fight between the Shu-Kingdom and the Wei-Kingdom. Cao Cao discovered their plot. Due to his great respect for General Guan Yu, Cao Cao had Guan Yu's body carved from noble wood and buried the carving and the head with great honors outside the South Gate of Luoyang. Emperors of following dynasties all revered Guan Yu a lot and even worshiped him as God of War. As one of the best known historical figures in China, the stories of Guan's true life have largely given way to fictionalized ones, in which his doings and moral qualities have been glorified. Guan is respected as an embodiment of righteousness and loyalty. Especially in southern China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Guan is still worshipped by many Chinese people today. He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost omnipresent in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants.

Date of birth: 01/01/1160

Date of death: 01/01/1219

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Crypt (below ground)

Setting: Outdoor

Fee required?: Yes

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Not listed

Web site: Not listed

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