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Dragon King's Temple in Haigeng Park to reopen after restoration

By : Kunming|Updated: 2010-06-28

Photo shows the Dragon King's Temple in Haigeng Park that is restored based on historical data. [Photo/Li Qunmei]

With a history of more than 300 years, the Dragon King's Temple in Haigeng Park will be reopened for public free of charge after restoration from July 1.

There are four Dragon Kings who are the divine rulers of the four seas (each sea corresponds to one of the cardinal directions) in Chinese mythology. Although Dragon Kings appear in their true forms as dragons, they have the ability to shift shape into human form. The Dragon Kings live in crystal palaces, guarded by shrimp soldiers and crab generals. Besides ruling over the aquatic life, the Dragon Kings also manipulate clouds and rain. When enraged, they can flood cities. They are very important divines for Chinese since traditional Chinese society is a agriculture society.

Located at the western edge of the Haigeng Park, the Dragon King's Temple once was an important worship site for fishers who live by the Dianchi Lake and indigenous people of Kunming. They prayed for good harvest and favorable climate here. And every year on Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Sanyuesan Festival (March 3 of Chinese Lunar Calendar) and some major holidays and events, grand rally would be held here. (Editor:Minnie Mao)

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