The Temple of Eternal Peace is located in Shenhe District of Shenyang (No. 6, Temple of Eternal Peace Lane, Chaoyang Street). It is the most ancient architectural complex in Shenyang. The legend goes that the temple was built in Tang Dynasty, which accounts for the saying among the people that “The Temple of Eternal Peace existed before the City of Shenyang”. The temple is an important venue for the city’s Buddhist activities. It was listed as a provincial-level cultural relics protection unit in 1988.
The Temple of Eternal Peace underwent many repairs during Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. A few years ago, on a stone tablet dating back to 1487 (the 23rd year of Chenghua Period, Ming Dynasty), scholars spotted the names—Cao Fu and Cao Ming—of two ancestors of Cao Xueqin, author of Dream of the Red Chamber, who were once among the city’s defenders, adding new historical materials to Redology, i.e. academic study of Dream of the Red Chamber.
The Temple of Eternal Peace faces south. The oblong complex has more than 130 rooms, covering an area of 5200 square meters. The main buildings of the temple include three gates, two side halls, two Bell and Drum Towers, Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Great Buddhas Hall, the Bhikkhu Altar and the Depositary of Buddhist Texts. Enshrined in the Hall of Heavenly Kings, at the name suggests, are the four Heavenly Kings. In the Great Buddhas Hall stand three statues representing the Saints in the West and 88 Luohan statues.