Lingguang Temple

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One of the eight old temples and monasteries dotting the hill slopes of Badachu (Eight Great Sights), Lingguang Temple is famous for its Buddha Tooth Pagoda which houses one of the four teeth of Sakyamuni preserved after his cremation. The temple was destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, and only the base of a pagoda named Pagoda for Inviting Immortals (Zhaoxianta) dating back to the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) was left. When the site was cleared, a sandalwood box was found, and it contained the Buddha's tooth. In 1959, a pagoda was specially built in to house the tooth.