Cultural Relics from Buddhist Pagodas in Beijing Area
Special Exhibition Room L, F6, Round Hall

Buddhism born in ancient India in the 6th century BC was officially introduced into China in 2 BC. In the period of more than two thousand years, Buddhism in China formed the Chan School, Pure Land School and many other sects with Chinese cultural characteristics and created a variety of art forms and exquisite works, in the areas of architecture, sculpture, painting and so on. It has become an important part of Chinese traditional culture.


Buddhism was introduced into Beijing around the Period of the Sixteen Kingdoms. After the continued spread and development during the Western Jin and Eastern Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties, and the Sui and Tang Dynasties, it reached its apex during the Liao Dynasty and flourished from the Liao Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. The rapid development of Buddhism in Beijing left a wide range of cultural heritages, such as temples, pagodas, Buddhist statues and images, ritual implements, etc. These treasures added much color to the cultural depth of the ancient capital Beijing.


Since the founding of the P.R.C.(1949), archeologists in Beijing carried out excavations on a small number of remains of ancient pagodas in order to protect and rescue them and discovered large number of Buddhist relics. For this exhibition we have selected some of pagoda relics hoping to show the highly Buddhist atmosphere in the ancient capital of Beijing, the unique Buddhist cultural style, as well as the high level of development of architectures, sculpture and other crafts.




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