Built in 645 during the Tang Dynasty, the 6,700 square-metre Fayuan Temple is Beijing’s oldest existing temple. The China Buddhist Academy was founded in it in 1965. In 1980 China’s Buddhist library and cultural relics museum was built here. The Fayuan Temple is famed for its cloves and Chinese flowering crab apples. Its cloves, together with Chongxiao Temple’s peonies, Prince Gong Mansion’s Chinese flowering crab apples, are known as Beijing’s three most famous blossoms. Many historical relics are preserved in the Fayuan Temple, including Buddha statues, Buddhist sutras, stone inscriptions, tablet inscriptions, sutra pillars and other items of interest.
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