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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. Put Lama Temple (Yonghegong) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Beijing itinerary planner.
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  • The most important lamaistic temple outside Tibet. It's very beautiful and if you have time to visit just one temple, go there! I wouldn't recommend to take an audiogide because it was the worst one, ...  more »
  • Didn't know what to expect. Every room had a bigger Buddha and more details. A gorgeous and peaceful paradise within the congestion of the city. Near the temple you can find a few traditional Hutongs ...  more »
  • we stayed near the temple and went here on our way to the airport. it is a working temple complete with monk's. how cool is that. there is a entrance fee but they give you a box of incense to burn in ...  more »
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  • It's a 200 meter walk (5 min) from exit C of the Yonghegong Lama Temple metro station on line 5. After the exit, turn left onto street. This is an active worship site where worshipers and incense sticks are the majority. So much incense smoke is in the air that I thought this is where Beijing smog originated. The site is clean and peaceful. no pictures are to be taken inside the temple buildings so as to be respectful, but allowed in the courtyard. As part of the ticket purchase, you get a small disc CD with a temple introduction and a box of incense sticks.
  • I know it as Yonghe Temple or Yonghe gong (temple). It has a nice architecture and is easily accessible.
  • The Lama Temple (雍和宫, "Palace of Peace and Harmony"), also known as the Yonghe Lamasery, or popularly as the Lama Temple, is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism located in theDongcheng District, Beijing, China. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
  • After having hit all of the most well known attractions in Beijing, I was able to visit the Lama Temple. This was easily the most impressive place that I visited next to the Great Wall. I traveled to the Lama Temple via the subway on line 2. It takes you right to the temple and is an easy walk from the station. The temple itself is a working place of worship. Having the ability to see the buddhist monks practice their beliefs was a sight to behold. I spent a considerable amount of time walking around and reflecting about their history. You will also see many people here paying respects and praying throughout the temple grounds. There is also a wealth of artifacts and cultural items with considerable history behind each piece on display. Whatever your beliefs it is well worth visiting the Lama Temple.
  • It's really accesible by metro! I loved the temple because it truly showed me the origins of Tibetan Buddhism. There are precious artifacts and you are given incense sticks to worship the deities. The artifacts in the museum have English translations and it really is an interesting read. Do go here when you visit Beijing!