Golden Temple, also referred as Taihe Palace and Bronze Tile Temple, is perched on Mingfeng Hill (Singing Phoenix Hill) in the northeast of Kunming City. It is a well-known Taoist temple in Yunnan since Ming dynasty. Since the temple is made of bronze, which glitters like gold under the sun, it is named as “Golden Temple”. Golden temple is one of the four largest bronze-made temples in China and it is the best-preserved and most important one among them.
The temple was first built in 1602 during Ming Dynasty, imitating the Taihe Palace in Wudang Mountain in Hubei Province. In 1637, the temple was removed to the top of Jizu Mountain in Binchuan County for political reasons The Golden Temple situated on the Mingfeng Mountain now was rebuilt by Wu Sangui, a satrap in Qing Dynasty.
The magnificent Golden Temple is just a part of Taihe Palace, a Taoist temple in China. The temple is 6.7 meters in height, 6.2 meters in depth and 250 tons in weight. and it is the largest bronze-made architecture in China. The beam, windows, curtains, Taoist statues, inscribed board and couplet inside the temple are all made of bronze. Inside the temple stands the statue of Zhenwu, a Taoist deity, which is exquisitely in carving, magnificent in spectacle and solemn in appearance. On each side of statues of Zhenwu deity stands a soldier armor-dressed and weapon-held, appearing bold, powerful and vigorous. There are also two swords preserved inside the temple. One is the 20-kilogram sword with Big Dipper engraved, and the other is the 12-kilogram-weight broadsword with a wooden handle. Behind the temple grows a camellia and two crape myrtles planted in Ming dynasty.
Admission Ticket: 30 Yuan
Opening Time: 07:00–19:00
Location: Mingfeng Mountain, Eastern Suburb, Kunming
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 hours
How to get there: Take Bus No. 10, 71, 76 to get there. There are also coaches launched from train station to Golden Temple Scenic Area.