Wudangzhao Village has different three names: in Mongolian, Chinese and Tibetan. “Wudang” in Mongolian means “The Willow Village”, named for the thriving willows in its front valley. The village’s Tibetan name is “Da Ge Er”, which means “White Lotus”, and its Chinese name of “Guangjue Temple” (兴旺) was bestowed by Emperor Qianlong during the 21st year of the his reign during the Qing Dynasty (1756).
Wudangzhao Temple (五当召寺) is one of the three most prestigious temples of Lamaism in China, along with the Potala Palace in Tibet and the Kumbum Monastery in Qinghai Province. The temple was first built in the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty (1654-1772), and grew to today’s large scale after several periods of expansion. The monastery has 2,538 rooms which cover an area of 200 thousand square metres, and during its peak was said to have accommodated 1,200 lamas.