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Temple of General Yue Fei

Temple of General Yue Fei (Also called Yue Fei Temple, Yue Fei Miao, Yue Miao or Yuewang Miao) is located at the northern end of the Su Causeway on West Lake. It was built in 1221 A.D. in honor of General Yue Fei (1103-1142) in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 A. D.).

Yue Fei was born in Tangyin of Xiangzhou (in today's Henan Province). He was a great national hero of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) who distinguished himself in battles against northern invaders. Although he had successfully defeated several Tartar invasions, the party led by the minister Qin Hui framed him of treason and requested the emperor to sentence him to death. He was hanged together with his son Yue Yun.

Beautiful stone carving in the temple the Tombs of Yuefei and  Yueyun the standing statue of Yuefei
Beautiful stone carving in the temple the Tombs of Yuefei and Yueyun the standing statue of Yuefei
the sitting statue of General Yuefei Qinhui's cahoots who together framed Yue Fei The kneeling statues of Qinhui and his wife
the sitting statue of General Yuefei Qinhui's cahoots who together framed Yue Fei The kneeling statues of Qinhui and his wife

In 1163, Song Emperor Gaozong exonerated Yue Fei and had his corpse reburied at the present site. In 1221, a memorial temple of Yue Fei was built here with statue of Yue Fei inside. The memorial temple has been destroyed and rebuilt for several times. The present structure was the restoration in 1923. It contains a 4.54-meter-high statue of Yue Fei, which shows him armed with a sword in the left hand, seemingly prepared to fight at all times. To the right of memorial temple is the mausoleum of Yue Fei. There are four iron statues: Qin Hui and his wife, Zhangjun and Mo Qixie (Qinhui's cahoots who together framed Yue Fei) are kneeling in front of the tomb, all cursed and disdained by visitors for their devilry. On both sides of the tomb are six stone figures, two horses, two tigers and two goats, symbols the guards of Yue Fei.

 

The front gate of the  Yuewang Miao
The front gate of the Yuewang Miao
A picture in the Temple of General Yue Fei
A picture in the Temple of General Yue Fei
Yuefei's mother is tattooing the hortatory words on his back so as to encourage him to fight with the invaders
Yuefei's mother is tattooing the hortatory words on his back so as to encourage him to fight with the invaders
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