Jin Temple (Jin Ci)



Jin Temple (Jìn Cí, 晉祠), also called Jinci Temple, is an important temple complex located outside of town at the foot of Xuanweng Mountain (Xuánwèng Shān, 悬瓮山) founded by the Jin family during the Northern Wei Dynasty.

One of the most notable buildings is the Mother Goddess Hall (Shèngmǔ Diàn, 圣母殿), also translated as the Holy Mother Hall, which was built in 1023 during the Northern Song Dynasty (and later reconstructed in 1102). The hall has beautiful statues clay of the Mother Goddess herself and her 42 maidservants, several in a variety of dress including five that are disguised as male eunuchs.


Photo © Roger Hsu.

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