Full-size replicas of the Mogao cave temples allow people unable to visit the caves themselves (near Dunhuang, China) to experience Buddhist art from the 4th to 14th centuries. Learn how artists from the Dunhuang Academy’s Fine Arts Institute create the replica caves.

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Narrator: The Dunhuang Academy oversees the cave temples of Mogao, and has a long tradition of replicating the site’s wall paintings.

The making of hand-painted replica caves by the Academy dates back to 1944.

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