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Lofty Benevolence Monastery

This monastery is located in the southern part of the city of Taiyuan. Of Ming architecture, the monastery has an area of 140,000 square meters. It was damaged by fire in 1864, and only a gate, a bell tower, two side rooms, and the Hall of Great Mercy are left. The magnificent hall contains three 8.5–meter–tall statues of Buddha. The monastery is a repository for Song and Yuan editions of Buddhist texts.