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Guanlin Temple, about seven kilometers south of Luoyang, was first built in 1596, during the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty.

Guan Yu was a general of the Kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms Period. He was murdered by
孫權 Sun Quan, ruler of the State of Wu. Fearing revenge from Guanyu’s blood brother 劉備 Liu Bei, ruler of the State of Shu, Sun Quan sent Guanyu’s head to 曹操 Cao Cao, ruler of Wei, in order to frame Cao Cao and spark a fight between Shu and Wei. Cao Cao discovered their plot and with great respect had Guan Yu's body carved from eaglewood and buried it together with Guan Yu's head, outside the South Gate of Luoyang City.

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