Saturday, 14 September 2013

Demon's temple in Beijing † Daoist temple, departments of the afterlife

A few months ago, I was in Beijing for work.

While I was there, I wanted to visit temples. Asian temples are incredibly beautiful and relaxing.

Although this one...

... was deliberately disturbing.

Want a gothic experience in China? Forget cemetaries, this is where to go.

北京东岳庙 Dongyue Temple is located in Beijing's 朝阳 Chaoyang District, near 朝阳门站 Chaoyangmen Station. It's a Daoist temple dedicated to a mountain god.

There are many enclaves around the main courtyard which house representations of 'departments' of the afterlife. Many of them are deliberately graphic. (I apologise for the photo quality.)

I think this is the Department of Suicides.

Wow. Long tongue...

One of the plaques.

But this really is a beautiful place. There are stone tablets on the backs of fierce turtles in the courtyard, and colourful prayers tied everywhere.

For other blog posts on Dongyue Temple (with better quality pictures) try these links:


  1. Your pictures don't display or is it just me?:)

    1. Fixed! Quality is kind of weird though...

  2. It looks like an absolutely wonderful place :3


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