Miaoying Temple, also named White Dagoba Temple, got its name because there is a white dagoba in the temple.
The temple is composed of Tianwang Hall, Yizhu Xinjing Hall, Qifo Hall, Jvliu Shentong Hall and the temple courtyard. Jvliu Shentong Hall retains its original pattern, inside which there are wooden carvings of Sakyamuni, Amitabha, and Medicine Buddha.
On the east and west walls, there are eight portraits of Buddha dharma protectors in Tibetan Buddhism. The white dagoba is 50.9 meters high, exquisite and spectacular.
At present, the gate of the temple has been renovated and there is an exhibition on precious cultural relics housed in the temple.
Many precious cultural relics found at the top of the dagoba, such as sutras written by Emperor Qianlong, an exquisite golden Buddha statue, a Buddha coronet and a cassock decorated with over a thousand of jewelries and a colorful hada etc.
All the cultural relics are of best quality and extraordinary techniques. The art exhibition on Tibetan Buddha statues displays nearly ten thousand of bronze, gilded statues made in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Address: No.171 Fuchengmennei Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Bus route: Bus No. 13, 42, 101, 102, 103, 409, 603, 709, 812, 814, 823, 846, 850 to the stop of White Pagoda Temple (Baitasi) or subway to Fuchengmen Station
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (16:30 stop selling tickets)
Tel: 8610-66133317, 8610-66176164
(China.org.cn February 19, 2008)