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April 28, 2016 AT 12:27 pm

Xian’er is a Two-Foot Tall Robot Monk #Buddhism

A visitor asks a temple staff to give her chance to take picture with robot Xian'er which is placed in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple for photograph, on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Master Xianfan looks at robot monk Xian'er as he prepares to pose for photograph in the main building of Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers.

Longquan temple says it has developed a robot monk that can chant Buddhist mantras, move via voice command, and hold a simple conversation.

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