The amazing murals of Shanxi's Yongle Palace

By Sun Ruisheng in Taiyuan and Zhou Huiying | | Updated: 2022-08-16 16:55
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A mural at the Yongle Palace in Ruicheng, Shanxi province. [Photo by Xiao Yongjie/For]

The Yongle Palace in Ruicheng county of Shanxi province, the largest Taoist palace in the country, is known for its numerous murals.

Construction of the palace — built to worship Lyu Dongbin, the founder of the Taoist mainstream Quanzhen sect — began in 1247. During its 110 years under construction, numerous Taoist murals were created, covering more than 1,000 square meters of the palace. They have been well-preserved.

The murals show distinctive characteristics of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and are mainly composed of vivid figures, uninterrupted compositions, steady lines and vibrant colors, representing the skills of painters at the time.

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