The Longmen Grottoes

Today’s blog post is from a guest blogger…Wesley.  My 13 year old son is learning a lot and enjoying his time here, and said to me the other day, “I have done more problem solving in one day today than I sometimes do in an entire week.”  The classroom certainly does extend beyond the walls.

Grace took us to explore the Longmen Grottoes. They are about half an hour away from the school and are in Luoyang. They are over 1,500 years old. The Longmen Grottoes are carvings of Buddhas in the cliff side. They are right along the banks of the Yi river. One of the main attractions at the Longmen Grottoes is the Wanfo cave. It is on the western hill and there are 15,000 little buddha carvings covering the walls of the cave. As we started to walk through the grottoes we were amazed at what we saw. Many of the buddha carvings were destroyed in the mid 9th century. Some of the other buddhas had their face/head removed from looters during the warlord era in the 20th century. The Longmen Grottoes have over 100,000 buddhas carved in its walls. There were really cool carvings that it is hard to believe that they were created 1,500 years ago.

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