Measures have been taken by the Authorities for Chinese Cultural Heritage for the protection of the ancient wooden temple of Foguang, which suffered structural damages from a leak in its roof due to constant rainfall.
Registered since 2009 on UNESCO’S World Heritage Site as part of Mount Wutai, the wooden temple of Foguang is one of the most beautiful examples of architecture of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Great East Hall of the Foguang Temple is the tallest wooden building to be preserved from the era of the Tang Dynasty.
“The Great East Hall is one of the four remaining structures of the Tang Dynasty in China with great archaeological and cultural value” stated an official in charge.
The Great East Hall contains 35 multicoloured sculptures and wall paintings of the Tang Dynasty, depicting various stories from the life of Buddha.