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Jade Buddha Temple    Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality

Shanghai’s holiest spot, the Jade Buddha Temple, is home to about 70 monks and is Shanghai's most famous place of worship.

The centerpiece of the saffron-colored temple is a luminous, jewel-encrusted white jade Buddha. At over 6 feet tall, the statue is a truly a dazzling sight and remains one of the only cultural relics that escaped being destroyed in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). It was brought back from Burma Myanmar) in 1882 by a monk who resided in the nearby Buddhist island of Putuoshan.

The walls of the temple are festooned with 7,000 Buddhist sutras (classic Buddhist text and discourse of the Buddha). Behind the main hall lies a small charming courtyard with a tower in which Buddhist scriptures from India were once stored.

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