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|China centuries-old Buddhist temple fresco 'restored' with cartoon-like paintings |
This picture taken on April 3, 2011 shows one of the ancient frescos that are currently covered by cartoon-like paintings in Yunjie Temple in Chaoyang, northeast China's Liaoning province. Chinese authorities have "restored" ancient Buddhist frescos in Yunjie Temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths, reports said on October 22, prompting outrage online. AFP PHOTO.
BEIJING (AFP).- Chinese authorities have "restored" centuries-old Buddhist frescos in a temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths, reports said Tuesday, prompting outrage online.
It is the latest example of controversial heritage preservation in China, where many ancient structures have been destroyed in recent decades, sometimes to be replaced by replicas of the original.
The temple in Chaoyang, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, was built more than 270 years ago and the delicate original paintings had survived, albeit crumbling, until the "refurbishment".
The new paintings are bold, simplistic, and of completely different subjects, pictures showed.
Chinese Internet users lashed out at the works on the country's weibo microblogging sites, branding the new paintings "even worse than cartoons".
"As a man from Chaoyang, I sincerely feel some people's brains were kicked by a donkey," wrote a user with the online handle Brave Brick.
"I should have cut the frescos down with a knife and brought them home if I had predicted this."
Another poster said: "Ignorance is horrible!"
The tourist authorities in charge of the temple hired "substandard" contractors to carry out the maintenance work and the effects of the paintings were "inferior", the News Express said, citing Li Haifeng, an official with the Chaoyang city government.
Two officials had been sacked over the incident, the Global Times reported, citing Li.
A pagoda in the temple complex dates back to the Liao period (916-1125), it said, but the paintings were in a Qing dynasty hall.
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