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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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  • This was our first visit to a Buddhist temple. It was very interesting and a complete contrast to the bustling streets outside. Would be good to combine with a wander through the neighbouring houtongs...  more »
  • Yonghe Lama Temple has over 300 years of rich imperial and Buddhist history. It contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world. The Yonghe Palace with the distinctive ethnic characteristics of Manchu...  more »
  • This time, people rarely me because of the cold weather and rain to drizzle before buying tickets to the ticket booth are tired so there is a small CD. A bathroom on the right into the bathroom and rarely get into incense, which distributed in. on day that bad weather, there is no point in formulating incense and placed in the Wai for placing joss sticks in. In every building, not turn on the light side in a dark lot, walk for each point, until the big building behind the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS signs pole great Buddha carved from single phrases, not only up to episode 26 m from the wandering Road turn right. Walk to MTR station, but EP
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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!