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Funeral Temple of Emperor Shun restored in Shanxi Province

Date: 2015.03.19 Editor: Evelyn Shi

The Funeral Temple of Emperor Shun has been restored in Yuncheng City, North China's Shanxi province. Emperor Shun was a legendary leader of ancient China. According to Chinese folk legend, Shun lived more than 5,000 years ago and created the Chinese morality system.


Covering a total area of 122,500 square meters, the Funeral Temple of Emperor Shun was built in 738 AD during the Tang Dynasty in Yuncheng City. Repairs were carried out during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, and today it stands as a tourist attraction featuring multiple historical styles.



The restoration project started in 2010 and spent a total of 3.74 million CNY (about 607,557 USD), said Han Shirong, an official from State Administration of Cultural Heritage of Yanhu District, Yuncheng City.


Han said the major wooden structures of the temple, such as the main hall, the bell and drum tower and the opera stage, were damaged by weathering. The renovation project mainly focused on replacing the roof tiles, rotten purlins and rafters, and strengthening the walls, according to Han. Landscaping and roads nearby were also improved during the restoration.