Shaolin Monastery - Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
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N 34° 30.449 E 112° 56.111
49S E 677651 N 3820127
The Shaolin Monastery is a Chán Buddhist temple at Song Shan, near Zhengzhou City, Henan Province in Dengfeng, China.
Waymark Code: WMF840
Location: China
Date Posted: 09/08/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Founded in the 5th century, the monastery is long famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu, and it is the Mahayana Buddhist monastery perhaps best known to the Western world.

The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. During the 14th century Red Turban revolt, bandits sacked the monastery for its real or supposed valuables, destroying much of the temple and driving the monks away.
There were also destructions in 1647 under the Shunzhi Emperor, in 1674 under the Kangxi Emperor, or in 1732 under the Yongzheng Emperor, this destruction is also supposed to have helped spread Shaolin martial arts through China by means of the five fugitive monks.

The Shaolin Monastery and its famed Pagoda Forest were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 as part of the "Historic Monuments of Dengfeng.
Full name of the abbey/monastery/convent: Shaolin Monastery (Shàolín Sì)

Zhengzhou, Henan PR China

Religious affiliation: Buddhism

Date founded/constructed: 477

Web Site: [Web Link]

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