China is fast becoming a developed country, but it will always retain its age old beauty as the country has achieved a beautiful balance, where they don’t let modernity reduce the value given to their culture and history. In the past the country was one of the greatest cities in the world, and the remnants of this regal and sacred past can still be seen. Religion is given high regard in China even today and for visitors there are many long standing religious monuments to visit. As Buddhism is one of the country’s most prominent religions there are places of worship dedicated to it as well, and one such site that must be visited by all is the Beijing Five Pagoda Temple, or the Watu Temple.
The temple dates far back to the 1400’s when it was originally known as the Zhenjue Temple, and has since undergone many changes throughout history. It has been renovated many times, including total renovations when it was destroyed. The temple was only open to the public in the 1800’s and has since been a major attraction among visitors. Though today no monks reside in the temple it is popular as there are many precious Buddhist items on display here making it a popular museum.
The draft for the design for the temple was brought to China by an Indian monk, and thus is unique as it mixes Indian style patterns with the fairly different Chinese style of art and architecture. The high rising structure is made up of several tiers on which visitors will find intricate inscriptions and precious gold plates which are centuries old but timelessly beautiful. It is known as the Five Pagoda Temple as there are five of these structures at the top which add greatly to the beauty of the structure. In addition to the physical finesse of the structure visitors also appreciate the peaceful and serene ambiance that is felt within the temple. It is the ideal place to stop over at for visitors to China who want to experience the great variety that is seen in the country’s culture.
When selecting a Beijing hotel to stay in visitors will greatly enjoy the exquisite Raffles Beijing Hotel. This accommodation is a popular choice from Beijing luxury hotels, as it makes visitors feel that they have entered the country’s past, while still retaining the comforts and luxuries of the present.