Luohou Temple, Wutaishan, Shanxi
(August 27, 2012)

(1) The front gate of Luohou Temple is very near that of Guangren Si; the wall to the right of this inner gate is in fact the wall of Guangren.

"Luohou" is Chinese for "Rahula," the Buddha's son. The temple dates to the Tang Dynasty, but the Chinese temple was changed to Tibetan style around 1683. It's especially popular with Mongolians.

(2) On the way up a winding path inside the gate, you get a view of the grand "milk bottle" stupa at Tayuan Si.

(3) Here's the proper front gate. Note the smallish stupa to the right.

(4) This blank screen wall in front of the Heavenly Kings' Hall had me looking around for a projector.

(5) The Heavenly Kings' Hall is hidden behind prayer flags.

(6) Here's the small stupa seen in #3, with an "umbrella" pole next to it.

(7) Another Tibetan touch: water offerings in front of the Laughing Buddha.

(8) The Heavenly Kings themselves seem to portray a different, less-Han style, as this one demonstrates.

(9) Although this is the "Great Manjushri Hall," the front figure we see is a Buddha. Manjushri is up behind him--perhaps to represent his Wisdom?

(10) The 1000-armed Guanyins appear to have wings (actually an unusual arrangement of the "arms").

(11) The main figure in the Buddha Hall.

(12) In the last hall is a famous feature: this mechanism has a lotus which opens and closes, revealing four Buddhas inside. Alas, it was not in operation the day I was there. Looks cool anyway.

(13) The back gate of Luohou Si, allowing one to pass through the temple grounds without backtracking.

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