Qinglong Temple (Jishan County)

Qinglong Temple (simplified Chinese: 青龙寺; traditional Chinese: 青龍寺; pinyin: Qínglóng Sì) is a Buddhist temple located in Jishan County, Shanxi, China. The temple is renowned for its frescos which were painted in both Yuan and Ming dynasties (1127–1644).[1] The temple occupies an area of 6,857.9-square-metre (73,818 sq ft) and the total area including temple lands, forests and mountains is over 6,926.67-square-metre (74,558.1 sq ft).

Qinglong Temple
DeityChan Buddhism
LocationJishan County, Shanxi
Qinglong Temple (Jishan County) is located in Shanxi
Qinglong Temple (Jishan County)
Shown within Shanxi
Qinglong Temple (Jishan County) is located in China
Qinglong Temple (Jishan County)
Qinglong Temple (Jishan County) (China)
Geographic coordinates35°35′38″N 110°56′02″E / 35.593935°N 110.933996°E / 35.593935; 110.933996Coordinates: 35°35′38″N 110°56′02″E / 35.593935°N 110.933996°E / 35.593935; 110.933996
StyleChinese architecture
Funded byWang Zheng
Date established662


Qinglong Temple was first constructed by Minister of Public Works Wang Zheng (王政) in 662, namely the 2nd year in the reign of Emperor Gaozong in the Tang dynasty (618–907).[2]

Qinglong Temple has been rebuilt numerous times since the Yuan dynasty (1127–1368).[2]

On June 25, 2001, it has been listed among the fifth batch of "Major National Historical and Cultural Sites in Shaanxi" by the State Council of China.


Qinglong Temple consists of more than 10 buildings including shanmen, Main Hall, Middle Hall, Hall of Ten Kings of Hell, Hall of Guru, Hufa Hall, Hall of Sangharama Palace, east wing-room, west wing-room, etc. The temple still maintain the style of the Yuan and Ming dynasties (1127–1644).

National treasureEdit

Inner walls of the Main Hall, Middle Hall and the Hall of Sangharama Palace are fully painted with frescos, most of them were made in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and the most famous are the Eighteen Arhats, Three-Life Buddha, Ten Kings of Hell, and Ten Thousands of Taoist Gods.[2][3]


  1. ^ 稷山县青龙寺发现《永乐南藏》佛经 [Buddhist scriptures have been found in Qinglong Temple in Jishan County]. 163.com (in Chinese). 2014-10-13.
  2. ^ a b c 稷山青龙寺元代壁画(图) [Yuan dynasty frescos in Qinglong Temple in Jishan County]. 163.com (in Chinese). 2015-06-17.
  3. ^ 稷山县青龙寺历史悠久,精美壁画欣赏. baidu.com (in Chinese). 2017-10-22.