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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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  • This was one of our first stops on our tour. We were hoping the incense would be burning, but it wasn't due to poor air quality in the city.  more »
  • The lama temple is actually a complex of many temples and halls, leading to the impressive 18m high wooden Buddha statue at the last one. Definitely worth seeing and feel belittled by it.  more »
  • Very nice architecture! Place filled with history I had the chance to discover serious perfectly the French speaking guide! I recommend
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  • Wonderful experience! Lots to see and enjoy. Quite busy with locals praying but there is space for everyone. The most amazing Buddha statue I have seen.
  • Interesting place to visit. Very exiting to see a buddhist temple in China and learn about its history.
  • Prepare ahead before going, it is a big place. Try to travel in Feb-april for less visitors which means more time to be spent. Read some history first to understand. There is an old library with ancient scripts, make sure you find it on your way out by the right and ask for help on the scripts.
  • Beautiful and peaceful. Worth checking out in Beijing.
  • Built during the Qing Dynasty, this is a massive temple complex popular with tourists and locals. There is are a number of impressive statues inside some of the temples, including a giant golden Buddha statue that is worth seeing by itself. Easy to walk around and people watch as well.

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