Daxiong Hall, the first major pavillion when you enter the Shaolin Temple grounds proper. This major hall is where the monks perform their late afternoon (5PM) and early morning (5AM) Buddhist prayer ceremonies. Fortunately, they didn't invite me to the early one.

It was a rarity, back in 1999, to participate in one of these ceremonies. With the eventual evolution of the temple becoming a major tourist attraction, these ceremonies diminished in popularity.

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