Lying at the northern foot of Shaoshi, Shaolin Temple was built in 495, the 19th year during the reign of Emperor Taihe of the North Wei period. It is the birthplace of the Zen Buddhism in China. The temple is famous worldwide for Shaolin Kongfu, or Chineses martial arts. In the Thousand-Buddha Hall, the famous mural painting of 500 arhats can be found in a 300-square-meter area.
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