Big Bell Temple


Big Bell Temple

The Big Bell Temple (Da Zhong Si; Chinese: 大钟寺) is a Buddhist temple located at the Beisanhuan Xilu at Beijing, China.

The Big Bell Temple was built in 1733 during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). [http://chineseculture.about.com/library/gallery/beijing/bell/blgbigbell.htm About.com. The Big Bell Temple] ] The temple's name came after the famous "Yongle" Big Bell that is housed inside the temple, which was cast during the reign of Emperor Yongle (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). According to a test by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Yongle Big Bell's sound could reaches up to 120 decibels and can be heard 50 kilometers away from the temple even in the depth of night. [http://www.chinatour.com/attraction/big_bell_temple.htm China tour China Tour] ] Many music experts, including some from the Chinese Acoustics Institute have found its tone pure, deep and melodious with a sprightly rhythm. Its frequency ranges from 22 to 800 hertz.

Accord to about.com: quote|The Yongle Big Bell weighs about 46 tons, with a height of 5.5 meters and a diameter of 3.3 meters. The bell is famous not only because of its size, but probably more importantly because of the over 230,000 characters of Buddhist scriptures engraved on it.|About.com

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