Buddhist Priests at Yongquan Monastery, Drum Mountain, Fuzhou in 1870-71. Yongquan monastery was thought to have been built in the 9th century and then rebuilt several times during the Ming and Qing. One of the most magnificent religious buildings in Fujian, it was an important centre for studying Mahayana Buddhism. At the time of Thomson’s visit about 200 monks lived there. He was intrigued by their robes which he thought resembled closely the monastic garb of medieval Europe.
April 23, 2018 1:22 PM (UTC+8)