Jin Shrines, Fangzhang Cavern 晉祠方丈洞



  • Fangzhang Cavern (English)
  • 方丈洞 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 方丈洞 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Fāngzhàngdòng (Pinyin)
  • Fang-chang-tung (Wade-Giles)
  • Jinci Fangzhang Cavern (English)
  • 晉祠方丈洞 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 晋祠方丈洞 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Jinci Laojun Shrine (English)
  • 晉祠老君祠 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 晋祠老君祠 (Simplified Chinese)

Building Information

Fangzhang Cavern, also known as Laojun Shrine 老君祠, is located to the south of Chaoyang Cavern, and its single entrance leads to three caverns. According to Liu Dapeng, this was originally the residence of Daoist priests who placed an images of Laozi and guardian warriors in the shrine. Then the Daoist priests were replaced with Buddhist monks, and this was consequently renamed ‘abbot’s quarters' (fangzhang). None of the caverns along this portion of the mountain (numbers 26-32 on our plan of the site) are shown on Gao Ruxing’s (jinshi 1521) Jinci zhitu 晉祠之圖 (1551).1

Date pre-17th century
Dynasty Ming-Qing 2

Works Cited

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  • 1 MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 195.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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