Most temples aren’t something you’d consider architectural wonders, unless you’re talking about the Hanging Temple in China. Even more surprising, “construction of the temple was by only one man, a monk named Liao Ran; over a history of more than 1,600 years many repairs and extensions have led to its present day scale.” Continue reading for three videos, more pictures, and additional information.


The Hanging Temple of Hengshan literally hangs on the side of Hengshan Mountain, sustain by only a few wooden poles. You would think this kind of a building couldn’t for hundreds of years, but it is believed the temple was built during the late Northern Wei Dinasty (386-534AD), by a monk called Liao Ran. It was restored during the 1900s. The gravity-defying Hanging Temple of Hengshan is comprised of 40 chambers, liked through a network of passageways, and hosts not one but three religions. Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are all worshiped here, in harmony.


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