General Introduction

Shuanglin Temple is located 6 kilometers southwest of Pingyao, Shanxi Province. It’s not big but famous because the temple was list as the  World Culture Heritage Site together with Pingyao Ancient City in 1997. UNESCO describes it as “a truly unique treasure”.

There are 1500 wood-modeled, painted mud sculptures in the temple include figures of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, heavenly kings, celestial officers, and panoplies of figures from all walks of life. All of them are different from the body postures and face expressions. Four guards of the heaven are standing outside of the hall. Amazingly, no matter where we are in the yard, we can find at least one of them is looking at us.

They inherited the best of the painted-sculpture traditions of the past.

All year around, Hundreds of art college students come here to practice and to learn how to make statues.

Uniqueness

  • List as the World Culture Heritage Site together with Pingyao Ancient City in 1997.
  • 1500 wood-modeled, painted mud sculptures in the temple at least 600 years old. All of them are different from the body postures and face expressions.
  • College students major in fine art still come to practice and to learn how to make