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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 is for sure the best temple you could visit on your stay in Beijing. It is very easy to access as directly next to the subway station, and will cost you just few RMB. Also this is very relaxing s...  read more »
  • This is a religious place and you will see people burning incense and praying to Buddha. The gardens are pleasant with statues and flaming incense everywhere. The surrounding neighborhood is very pict...  read more »
  • Beautiful temple, we have not dared to ask the sticks of incense given entry we have left them in a happy Chinese girl. The statues and decorations are beautiful and are speechless in front of this Buddha of 18 meters that unfortunately can not take a picture. To do.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Yonghegong, popularly known as the Lama Temple, is located in the northeast part of Beijing. To its west is the famous Confucius Temple and Imperial Academy. The Lama Temple is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing which is 480 meters long and 120 meters wide, with a total area of 66,000 square meters. It is also a well-known monastery of the Gelugpa, the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in mainland China. History The Lama Temple was originally a palatial residence built in 1694 by Qing Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) for his fourth son, Prince Yongzheng (1678-1735), who later succeeded the throne. After the death of his father, Emperor Yongzheng moved to the Forbidden City and converted half of his former residence into a temple for the monks of Yellow sect, and the other half served as a temporary palace for him. In 1735, Emperor Yongzheng died and then his son Qianlong (1711-1799) succeeded the throne. He put his father’s coffin here for more than one year before moving it to the Western Qing Tombs, the burial ground of the emperors in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). He also upgraded Yonghegong to the status of an Imperial Palace by replacing the green titles of the roof with yellow ones, for the yellow color was the imperial color in the old days. In 1744, Yonghegong was formally converted into a lamasery. After 1949, the Chinese Government attached great importance to the Lama Temple. Several renovations have been carried out since then, and the Temple has taken on a new look. In 1950 and 1952, the government allocated large sums of money to renovate it. In 1961, the Lama Temple was listed by the State Council as a major national cultural relic and historical site under the state’s protection. During the ten-year Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the Lama Temple was very well preserved because of the special care given by former Premier Zhou Enlai. The latest renovation was carried out in 1976, and in 1981 the Lama Temple was reopened to the public. Today, there are rich collections of cultural relics which are preserved in the Lama Temple, especially those related to Tibetan Buddhism. For instance, there is a large number of vividly sculptured Buddhist images of various sizes, each different in posture and expression; a large collection of Tibetan-style paintings known as Tangka paintings; delicate frescoes, scriptures and religious instruments; the inscriptions and calligraphic works on the stele and boards, and Buddhist scriptures in the languages of Manchu, Tibetan, Han, Mongolian and Sanskrit, all of which being of very high cultural and historical value for the Chinese people. Presently, there are nearly 100 lamas in the Lama Temple and most of them are Mongolians, Tibetans and people from Qinghai province. Daily traditional religious ceremonies and activities in the Lama Temple are undertaken strictly according to the regulation and disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism. When people visit the Lama Temple, please pay attention to the belt that the lamas have, because the color of it reflects the rank of them. Lamas in red belts are the lowest rank of lamas in the Temple, while lamas with yellow belts are higher rank of lamas. If people see a lama in orange belt, he is probably the head lama in the Lama Temple.
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