POSTED: Tuesday January 19th 2010

International Religious Centre For The 16th Asian Games Nearly Complete

The Asian Games are the second largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympic Games.

GUANGZHOU, China - January 19, 2009 - The 16th Asian Games (, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will offer free and unfettered access for the personal religious worship of all athletes, coaches and officials during the Games and has nearly completed its multi-religion International centre located within the Asian Games Town.

The Asian Games are the second largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympic Games.

To accommodate adherents of different faiths, the new religious service centre will be open throughout The 16th Asian Games which begins in this southern Chinese city on November 12.

In keeping with all stipulations set forth by the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Olympic Committee - as well as the facility built and used during the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 - this all new facility will be a gathering place adherents of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism, as well as a non-denominational serenity room, within the Asian Games Town located at the foot of Lianhua Mountain in Panyu.

In addition, some 26 temples and churches and two more religious houses for Christian activities in varied downtown areas of Guangzhou will be open to international participants.

In advance of the Games, a number of places of worship are undergoing renovation in preparation for the Games, including Liurong Temple, the Temple of the Great Buddha and the Mausoleum of Moslem Masters.

The Temple of the Great Buddha, or Dafo Temple, near the renowned downtown Beijing road will be expanded and renovation as well as the expansion of temples and churches within the local government's urban planning preparations for the Games.

In addition, the 600-year-old Chenghuang Temple (or Town's God Temple), will undergo a thorough renovation before the Asian Games begin. Located in downtown Yuexiu district, the temple will be restored to its original facade. Built in the Ming Dynasty, it was the largest temple of its time in Lingnan, or South China, and it is seen as of equal significance as Dafo Temple.

Combining the essence of Lingnan architecture and Cantonese folk arts, the Chenghuang Temple was a landmark in Guangzhou in the Ming and Qing dynasties. An investment of up to five million yuan will be needed for reconstruction.  The temple will be used for gathering of Taoist activities after the conclusion of the Asian Games.

During The 16th Asian Games, International adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) will also find an active international LDS Branch located in the Tianhe District.

About The 16th Asian Games

The 16th Asian Games ( is approved and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia and will be held in “Flower City” of Guangzhou from November 12 - 27, 2010.  More than 14,000 athletes, trainers and coaches from 45 countries and regions will compete in 42 sports.

More than 10,000 accredited and non-accredited worldwide media are anticipated to cover the Games with more than three million spectators expected to attend.

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