Anchan Monastery, sutra preservation hall  安禪寺藏經殿


  • sutra preservation hall (English)
  • 藏經殿 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 藏经殿 (Simplified Chinese)
  • cángjīngdiàn (Pinyin)
  • ts'ang-ching-tien (Wade-Giles)
  • Anchansi cangjingdian (English)
  • 安禪寺藏經殿 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 安禅寺藏经殿 (Simplified Chinese)
  • zangjingdian (Pinyin)
  • sutra repository (English)


  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 37.42453333° Long. 112.5473333°
  • Building Information

    The sutra preservation hall or sutra repository (藏经殿) of Anchansi is built on a brick foundation. The front façade is 3-bays wide and the depth is 3-bays. The central bay is twice as wide as the side bays. It has a single eaves hip-gable roof, and the gray rooftiles are punctuated with a central diamond of yellow and green glazed tiles. Under the eaves are four layer bracket sets (puzuo) with a single huagong and a locust head style shuatou. There is one intercolumnar bracket set in the central bay. The entasis of the columns is clearly evident. The original system of woodwork/latticework is no longer extant.1
    Date 960-1125
    Dynasty Northern Song 960 - 1127 2

    Works Cited

    Any information without attribution has been created following the editorial guidelines.

    • 1 国家文物局. 2006. 中国文物地图集. 山西分册, III (xia): 762; 57-C1-1.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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