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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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  • Beautiful temple with an enormous Buddha. Seemed to be visited by more genuine Buddhist followers than many of the other temples we visited. It had a wonderful feel to it.  more »
  • This Temple is not overrun with tourists yet and I found it to be a place still used for worship and prayer. The Buddhists still operate their daily religious routines here. It really is my favourite ...  more »
  • The temple is in a beautiful green park, lovely buildings and it is obvious that it is a functioning temple. The monks move around the visitors and the insense fills the courtyards. A must visit if yo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice and peaceful temple with golden bouddhas. Should take a look if you're around. Quite cheap as well.
  • Nice different temple, easy to reach by metro (just remember to walk left once your out to go to the main entrance). Ticket should be still just 25¥, enjoy this very unique tibetan style Temple!
  • It's a really interesting place and very beautiful, but watch out for the air quality. There is a lot of incense burning, and Beijing air can be very contaminated already. You may experience breathing difficulty and irritation as a result. Best visited on a breezy clear day if you have trouble coping with bad air.
  • Nice temple, only 25RMB entrance. Don't think audio guide is necessary. Takes about an hour to wander at most.