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    Zhenguo Temple is about 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles) away from the northeast of Pingyao County, occupying an area of 10,892 square meters (about 2.7 acres). This temple was first built in 963 in the Northern Han Dynasty (951 - 979), which was part of the Five Dynasties (907 - 960). It was renovated in 1816 during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). It is an important part of Pingyao world heritage and a major historic and cultural site under state protection.

    This temple is divided into two parts: the front part and the back part. The gate of this Buddhist temple, which is also called the Tianwang Hall, has one bell tower on the left and one drum tower on the right. In the center is the Ten-Thousand-Buddha Hall. In the back of the temple are the Kwan-yin (Goddess of mercy) Shrine and the Dizang (God in charge of death) Shrine

    Inside the temple there are eleven sculptures that belong to the Five Dynasties. These painted sculptures are valuable in terms of archaeology. The main sculpture is a sitting sculpture of Sakyamuni (founder of Buddhism) in the middle. On its sides are the sculptures of his apprentices along with other gods. All of these sculptures have different facial expressions and shapes. Though these sculptures have been renovated several times, the distinguished features of color-paint in the Five Dynasties are obvious.