Tem­ple on the move

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THE main hall and stat­ues of a cen­tury-old Bud­dhist tem­ple in cen­tral Shang­hai have been moved 30m on rails to ease crowd­ing at the pop­u­lar site.

As many as 100,000 peo­ple visit the Jade Bud­dha Tem­ple ev­ery day and Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties were con­cerned about over­crowd­ing and the fire risk cre­ated by vis­i­tors burn­ing in­cense.

The so­lu­tion – to del­i­cately place the 2,000-tonne Ma­havira Hall on spe­cially-con­structed rails and move it slightly north­wards to cre­ate more space in ad­ja­cent ar­eas.

The job, which in­volved el­e­vat­ing the build­ing by a me­tre, was com­pleted on Sept 17 af­ter just two weeks of works.

The tem­ple com­plex was es­tab­lished at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion in Shang­hai in 1882 and moved to its cur­rent home in 1918, with the hall built some time be­tween 1918 and 1928.

Bud­dhist stat­ues and relics in the hall were wrapped up for pro­tec­tion and moved with it, the Peo­ple’s Daily news­pa­per said.

Work­ers ini­tially pumped ce­ment into the foun­da­tions of the hall to strengthen them, be­fore em­bark­ing on the big move – part of a wider project started in July 2014 to al­le­vi­ate “se­vere fire safety and pub­lic se­cu­rity con­cerns”, the tem­ple said. –AFP Re­laxnews

A huge crowd turned up for the com­ple­tion cer­e­mony for the re­lo­ca­tion of the main hall of Yufo Tem­ple, also known as the Jade Bud­dha Tem­ple, in Shang­hai. — AFP

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