Tuesday, August 6, 2013

White Cloud Temple

Situated on the former location of Shanghai's western city gate, the White Cloud Temple or Bái Yún Gùan is a Taoist Temple located in Shanghai's Old City.

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To be honest, there isn't a whole lot of information available about the temple and only a handful of signs here are in English. The modest entrance fee of 10 rmb (~$1.63 USD) allows you to enter the temple and compare it to the many Buddhist temples located around Shanghai.


The temple is made up of a number of rooms such as the Palace for the King of Medicine, the Founder’s Palace, and the Palace for the God of Fortune as well as offices and residential units for the monks. Once inside, you'll encounter incense burning worshippers, practicing monks, and a hall full of gilded deities.


From my limited understanding, deities are assigned by birth year and you'll have fun trying to figure out which is yours. Mine inexplicably has feet coming out of his eyes.


To visit White Cloud Temple, head to 239 Dajing Road, near the Old City Wall off Renmin Lu.

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