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Lama Temple (Yonghegong), Beijing

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Constructed with a combination of Tibetan and Han Chinese styles, Lama Temple (Yonghegong) represents a Buddhist monastery and the best-preserved lamasery in modern China. Built in 1694, the site initially served as a residence for court eunuchs, but was later converted into both an imperial palace and a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can find many interesting works of art, such as three displayed bronze Buddhas, a white sandalwood statue of Maitreya Buddha, sculptures of Arhats in different sizes and positions, and large frescos decorating the walls. You can also purchase many souvenirs and quality incenses at the temple. Our Beijing tour itinerary planner makes visiting Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and other Beijing attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • if incense bothers you, be prepared as there is a lot used here. A beautiful property, well worth a visit. There is a very large buddha made out of one piece of white sandalwood. We took some great ph...  more »
  • The real gem of this temple is the fifty-foot Buddha carving. This carving was made from a single piece of sandalwood that was floated up the river from Southeast Asia. The incense might be overpoweri...  more »
  • The largest Buddhist temple (it is called the Temple of harmony and Spkoju) in Beijing is doing phenomenal. Five pavilions, in which you can find m.in. statues of the Buddha. One is 18 metres and was made from a single piece of sandalwood. At the entrance you can "Download" bunch of incense that burns down three at the same time and throw them to the "kettles".
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  • Most probably one of the most beautiful temples I have seen in Beijing. The architecture is just mind blowing and very colourful. A definite must see. It has a special feel when you walk around.
  • The temple is fulfilled with plenty of trees; looks peaceful and relaxed. You can get incense sticks from temple staff, and then move through the gate. Burn the incense sticks and put them into the pot for making a wish and paying respect. Unfortunately, there is only a single incense burner station which is difficult for crowd of people to burn at the same time.
  • My favorite place in Beijing! Magical place with the smell of incense wafting through the halls and courtyards, monks walking around and beautiful statues, sculptures, prayer wheels all around. You could spend a whole day here wandering, meditating, relaxing, praying... A must do!
  • An operating Buddist temple so be aware of the people who come to worship. Beautiful buildings with most signage in Mandarin. Was there while Winter still had a hold on the weather: would be spectacular in full Spring. Probably worth doing a little reading before you go there. Definitely on the list for a history of China-Beijing tourist.
  • What an amazing place.. The architecture is fantastic and it has an amazing atmosphere. You can see where the monks study and there were a few working around the temples, it was really interesting :)
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