Dayun Cloister  大雲院


  • Dayun Cloister (English)
  • Dàyúnyuàn (Pinyin)
  • Ta-yün-yüan (Wade-Giles)
  • 大雲院 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 大云院 (Simplified Chinese)
  • 仙岩院 (Traditional Chinese)
  • Xiānyányuàn (Pinyin)
  • 大雲禪院 (Traditional Chinese)
  • Dàyúnchányuàn (Pinyin)


山西省平顺县 Shanxi
  • China
  • Province:
    • Shanxi (Pinyin)
    • 山西省 (Traditional Chinese)
    • 山西省 (Simplified Chinese)
  • County-city:
    • Pingshun (Pinyin)
    • 平顺 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Political-subdivision:
    • (Simplified Chinese)
    • County (English)
  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 36.36675° Long. 113.43875°
  • Site Information

    Dayun Cloister (大雲院) is located in Shihui Village of Beidanche Township (北耽車鄉實會村), approximately 500 meters to the northwest of Shuangfeng Shan (雙峰山). There are extant structures from the Five Dynasties and the Qing dynasty. It is one of the major historical and cultural sites protected at the national level (全國重點文物保護單位). According to a stele inscription, it was initially built in the third year of Later Jin Tianfu (後晉天福) reign period (938) under the original name Xianyan Cloister (仙岩院). Most scholars agree that the Seven Treasures Pagoda (七寶塔) was built outside of the monastery in the first year of the Later Zhou Xiande (後周顯德) reign period (954; Yang 176), although some have cited the fifth year (958; Zhongguo wenwuju 305). The imperial court bestowed the name Dayun Chan Monastery (大雲禪寺) in the eighth year of Song Taiping Xingguo (太平興國) reign period (983). In the subsequent Jin and Yuan dynasties, the monastery sustained severe damage; on which multiple attempts of repair and renovation were implemented during the Ming Chenghua (成化) and Wanli (萬曆), as well as the Qing Shunzhi (順治) and Kangxi (康熙), periods. Occupying a total area of approximately 4,003 m2, the site is oriented north-south, facing south and has a two-courtyard configuration. The axial buildings are Tianwangdian (or Celestial Kings Hall, 天王殿), the Amitabha Hall or Dafodian (Great Buddha Hall, 大佛殿), and Sanfodian (or Three Buddhas Hall, 三佛殿); while the two side buildings are east service door and subsidiary hall. The artifacts inside the monastery are two Song steles, a Ming stele, a Qing stele, and 28.83-square meters of Five Dynasties murals. Outside, the extant Seven Treasures Pagoda is from the Five Dynasties and is located about 50 meters southwest of the monastery.1
    Dynasty Five Dynasties 907 - 960 2

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    • 1 国家文物局. 2006. 中国文物地图集. 山西分册, II:305; 34-C5.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 楊. 1986. 中國名勝詞典, 176-177.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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