Sanshan Ancestral Temple
Sanshan Ancestral Temple is often called Sanshan King Temple. It is located at the Yu Mountain’s foot in Jiexi County, southwest of Hepo Town.
Sanshan Ancestral Temple had been built during the reign of Sui Dynasty and has a long history dating back to 1400 years.
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Sanshan Ancestral Temple was originally called Mingkuang Temple, Sanshan King Temple and Lintian Ancestral Temple. For the locals, it is commonly called the Great Temple. Sanshan Ancestral Temple stands leaning against the majestic Jade Peak and facing the beautiful Rongjiang River.
The temple had been built during the reign of Sui Dynasty. It thrived throughout the Tang Dynasty but was ultimately damaged during Song Dynasty. The Sanshan Ancestral Temple has had a long history of around 1400 years.
Sanshan Ancestral Temple has been rebuilt several times. The most important restoration had been conducted during the 80s when the monument was returned back to its earlier glory. In front of the temple is a large arch stone bridge. Once you enter its gate, there is a statue of a general standing on each side. Near these statues is a white horse made with clay.
In the main hall there is a statue of sitting Sanshan King. The statues of the arhats and all officers are located on the main hall’s two sides. In the back hall there is a statue of Sanshan King’s wife. In total, Sanshan Ancestral Temple has around 100 statues and all of these have been livingly sculpted.
A Very Important Attraction for Locals
King Sanshan had been considered to be a very respected leader by the people of East Guangdong. There are several legends surrounding how Sanshan King had defended his country with the help of his attendants and protected his people. Other than this Sanshan Ancestral Temple, there are several other temples of Sanshan King that can be found in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan as well as in South Fujian, Dongjiang, Xingmei and Shantou in China.
The Sanshan Ancestral Temple is quite striking with the Yufeng Peak located behind it and the roaring Rongjiang River standing before the temple. It is believed that the location on which Sanshan Ancestral Temple has been built is perfect according to ancient Fengshui. It is home to various statues of different natures.
Sanshan Ancestral Temple has been built on a grand scale. It has a very traditional style of architecture and is surrounded by clean water and green mountains. It creates a beautiful, magnificent sight when observed from afar with the glowing yellow roofs of the buildings against the vermillion walls. The carved beams and painted ridges contribute to the magnificence of Sanshan Ancestral Temple. The temple mainly consists of the flower hall, sideward halls, back hall and main hall. The sideward halls are located on the left and right sides of the main hall.
There are various legends surrounding Sanshan King and his bravery. He had defended his people and protected them with his heroes. The patriotic sentiment attached to Sanshan Ancestral Temple has made it highly popular and respected through generations and similar temples have been built throughout China as well as in many other countries in South East Asia. The temple is under cultural relic protection at the local level of Jiexi Town and is still visited by overseas Chinese.