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The temple is located on Mount Wutai, north of the South Peak and south of the Central Peak, about 15 kilometres from Taihuai town. It is at an altitude of 1,900 meters, the highest besides those temples on the five peaks of Wutai.
Jinge Temple is closely associated with the monk Amoghavajra, an Indian master of Esoteric Buddhism who lived during the Tang Dynasty. The temple was built to promote Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī, the bodhisattva of wisdom, as the protector of China.
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