Temple of Dragon King & Mayor’s Office

Temple of Dragon King & Mayor’s Office

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Temple of Dragon King is located at the south part of Olympic Forest Park, north to Kehui Road. It is now one of the district-level cultural relics of Chaoyang District. During the Games, the Temple was assigned as the Mayor’s Office, welcoming guests from home and abroad, as well as government officials.
Temple of Dragon King was built in Ming Dynasty, the 14th year of Hong Zhi period (1501A.D.), and was rebuilt in the 16th year of Zheng De period (1521A.D.) and in the 27th year of Qian Long period (1762 A.D.). According to a Chinese blogger, the temple was built to worship the king of the north sea, Aoshun, to protect the surrounding Wali village from flood. Usually, people in the past built Temples for dragon kings to worship for rainfalls; however, due to the lowland feature of Wali village, the initial intention to build this temple was unique among others (Jianlongzaitian). The temple was also concreted to Dragon King and Dragon Queen, with the statues of the four dragon kings of the east, west, south, and north Sea were enshrined in the back palace. The Temple of Dragon King was once a place for the royal family to stay during their travels and practice ridings in the past. Because of wars along with the history, the temple was damaged with only the first palace hall and the wall gate left. In 2008, the temple was rehabilitated back into a palace of three halls, covering an area of 3,050 square meters, of which 2,149 square meters are ancient buildings. The first palace area is now served as protocol office. The main hall of the second palace area is served as VIP reception room and the west wing as a lounge. The third palace hall is now office area. Currently, the Temple is being transformed to serve as the “Museum of Humanistic Olympics” to carry on the spirits left by the Game (Examination of Cultural Protection.").


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Temple of Dragon King Entrance-by Meilan

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