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03/18/2013

Jing'an Temple

Photo Mar 12, 16 56 34
Jing'an Temple is on one of the main metro lines, green line 2, that runs through the heart of Shanghai.  It's a monument with over 780 years of history, though rennovated after a fire in the 1980's.  Even with the crowds, this temple felt a bit tamer.  The incense wafted through every walkway, murmured chanting behind private, screened rooms, and the clattering of coins and bells on the giant Ming Dynasty bell.  I dabbled a bit in Buddhism last semester, and although I didn't join in the prayers to various Boddhisattvas, you could feel the spiritual reverence.  Oh, and there's a mall next door and tons of Western-style cafes right in the vacinity if you're looking to revert to consumerism afterwards ~!

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