Lama Temple - Yonghegong, Beijing

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    Yonghegong Lama Temple

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 17, 2014

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    Speaking of the Lama Temple, it is an interesting thing. Originally it served as the former residence of Emperor Yong Zheng during the Qing Dynasty. In 1744, the temple was converted into a lamasery. Nowadays the temple has become a place for worship, attracting pilgrims from afar.

    Resplendent within the Hall of the Wheel of the Law (Fǎlún Diàn), the fourth hall you reach from the entrance, is a substantial bronze statue of a benign and smiling Tsong Khapa (1357–1419), founder of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect, robed in yellow and illuminated by a skylight.

    The fifth hall, the Wànfú Pavilion (Wànfú Gé), houses a magnificent 18m-high statue of the Maitreya Buddha in his Tibetan form, clothed in yellow satin and reputedly sculpted from a single block of sandalwood. Each of the Bodhisattva’s toes is the size of a pillow. Behind the statue is the Vault of Avalokiteshvara, from where a diminutive and blue-faced statue of Guanyin peeks out. The Wànfú Pavilion is linked by an overhead walkway to the Yánsuí Pavilion (Yánsuí Gé), which encloses a huge lotus flower that revolves to reveal an effigy of the Longevity Buddha.

    Don’t miss the collection of bronze Tibetan Buddhist statues within the Jiètái Lóu , a small side hall. Most effigies date from the Qing dynasty, from languorous renditions of Green Tara and White Tara to exotic, Tantric pieces (such as Samvara) and figurines of the fierce-looking Mahakala. Also peruse the collection of Tibetan Buddhist ornaments within the Bānchán Lóu , another side hall, where an array of dorje (Tibetan sceptres), mandalas and Tantric figures are displayed along with an impressive selection of ceremonial robes in silk and satin.

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    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    The Lama Temple is also known as Yong He Gong. It's a beautiful attraction located in the Dongcheng District. The temple dates back to the Qing Dynasty. The interior of the buildings is decorated with various Tibetan Buddhist statues and Thangkas. There are many worshipers present. It was interesting to see how different the people worshiping in the Lama Temple are from Tibetans and how they pay respect at temples in Tibet. There is no one prostrating at the Lama Temple. All worshipers kneel in front of a hall containing Buddhist statues while they hold several sticks of incense then offer the incense to an urn.

    There are 5 main halls within the grounds of the Lama Temple. They are Hall of Heavenly Kings, Hall of Harmony and Peace, Hall of Everlasting Protection, Hall of the Wheel of the Law and Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness's.

    For me, just coming from Tibet, the Lama Temple was a bit of a disappointment. If you did not visit Tibet, the Lama Temple is great. The statues and art work within the buildings are amazing and exactly what can be seen in Tibet. However, the architecture of buildings is all Chinese and really nothing like that at any monastery in Tibet.

    The hours the Temple is open:
    Monday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    The entrance fee is 25rmb. With the ticket you get a small CD.

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    Lama Temple

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 5, 2013

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    Active Tibetian temple in the middle of Beijing. A must see sight for a taste of Chinese culture. The Lama Temple is one of the few temples in China allowed to practice the Tibetan version of Buddhism.

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    Lama Tmple or Yong He Gong or Yonghe Lamasery

    by loja Written Sep 4, 2013
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    Yonghe Lamasery is this kind of places, which you should visit in Beijing, as this is similar to the other park complexes and at the same time it is very different. This is the buddhist monastery so you can actually see how people pray and make wishes.

    Entrance fee (August 2o13) is 25 Yuan, but with ticket they also gave as a small CD. I don't have a CD reader so this is a secret for me what's there... Maybe somebody know and can tell me?! :-)

    Here you cn find many statues of Buddhas inside the monasteries and also 26 m Buddha!

    This place is very peacful and beautiful, so I very very recommend to vitsit Yong He Gong.

    !! Also, if you will go out from th Lama Temple and cross the street, you will find a Confucius Temple.
    They are very close to each other.

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    Biggest Buddha Ever!!!

    by wilocrek Written May 31, 2012

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    I have seen some pretty big statues of Buddha in my time but nothing quite comes close to seeing a statue of Buddha thats almost four stories high. The Llama temple is a Buddhist paradise, from its many statues of Buddha to the aromatic scent of incense that fills the air the Llama Temple is a must see on your visit to Beijing. There are series of temples each with a set of Buddha statues that keep getting bigger with every temple until you get to the final temple that has a towering Buddha statue that looms over you like the Stay Puff marshmellow man from Ghostbusters. In between each temple there is a place to burn incense and of course many place to buy incense along the way. It is a quiet, serene place to visit in the middle of the busy Beijing metropolis, and seems like a world within a world. Out of all the temples in Beijing I found this one to be the most fantastic and satifying of them all. Come for a visit and be sure to look up!

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    Lama Temple

    by Scottyj36 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a Tibetian Lamasary. This is a beautiful example of Chinese temple. You can see the Green, Gold, and Blue of the Red Pagoda's. It was built in 1694 and inside you can see an 18meter high budda Statue of Sandlewood. Also the Mountain of 500 Arhats. It is located at 28 Yonghegong Dajie. Tahe bus 13,116, 807 to Yonghegong or walk south from the Yonghegong Subway Stop You do need to walk south down the road a long way to reach the entreance. Open from 9:00am-4:30pm. Exibition Halls 15 or 20RMB.

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    by alyf1961 Written Jul 20, 2010

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    This old palace was built in 1694. It is the largest Buddhist temple in China. The Qing emperors housed high-ranking Lamas here from 1732 until 1911. Unscathed by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution it started to function as a monastery again in the 1980's. Its five courtyards and series of halls devoted to tantric gods are now tended by over 100 monks. There is also an 85 ft reclining Buddha [Maitreya] carved out of a single trunk of sandalwood.

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    A famous temple in Beijing

    by muratkorman Written Apr 8, 2010

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    Lama Temple is one of the famous Tibetan Buddhist temples. There are 3 archways and 5 main halls. You can visit the whole temple within 2 hours. Lama Temple is open between 9 am and 4 pm. The admission fee is 25 Yuan.

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    Lama Temple (Yonghe gong)

    by lindyz Written Oct 1, 2009

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    After our visit to the Great Wall with Alvin, the Lama Temple was next on our itinery. It was our first real Temple visit and I found it beautiful, serene and intriguing - all at the one time. We spent about an hour here, being constantly told about the history by our ever-knowledgeable guide Alvin!

    Entrance to the Lama Temple was only 25rmb = about $4AUD. For this entrance fee you also get a disc, but I havent tried it to see if it actually works. Dont ask me where it is located, I dont have a clue! It is really only places that we had to get to by ourselves that I can give you directions to. Opening hours are - from April to October - 9am-4.30pm and from November to March - 9am-4pm. Chinese call these seasons "busy season" and "slack season"!! Honestly, everywhere we went on the entrance signs that is what it said "busy season" and "slack season" we thought that was so funny. In fact, we took photos of many many funny Chinese signs, somehow the translation fails and the signs when translated into english dont exactly mean what they are meant to. I will have to do a whole section on funny signs thats for sure.

    Call it racism if you like, but the sign outside the temple selling audio guides was funny! It was 10rmb for Chinese and 20rmb for other languages, including English. I dont really call it racism, thats just the way it is!!!

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    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

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    This hall was built in 1750 and features a statue of the Maitreya Buddha standing inside. The statue is 26 metres high and was carved from a single trunk of white sandalwood which made it enter into the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Open: 9am-4.30pm. Admission: RMB25.

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    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

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    The Yonghegong Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple, the biggest lamasery in Beijing, was built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Yong. After the prince came to the throne to become Emperor Yongzheng, he promoted his old residence into a temporary dwelling palace called "Yonghegong" (meaning palace of harmony and peace) in 1725. In 1744, his successor, Emperor Qianlong changed the palace into a lama temple. The temple complex features a series of halls along a central axis plus three Memorial Archways. The Hall of Harmony and Peace is the main building of the temple. It houses three bronze statues of the Buddha’s of the Three Ages. The Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness’s contains an 18 m tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of White Sandalwood. The statue is one of three artworks in the Temple which were included in the Guinness Book of Records in 1990.

    Open: 9am-4.30pm. Admission: RMB25.

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    A Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing????

    by stevemt Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    The temple (and a working one at that,) is beautiful and a little bit of an oddity I felt.

    Would you expect to find a Tibetan Buddhist Temple working in Beijing? I certainly didn't.

    There was a Tibetan Lama there (fully robed) along with some elderly women in full Tibetan dress.

    Being the only working temple in the area, many locals come here to pray, rather than trip right across town.

    The main idol is Massive. It was carved from a single piece of white sandalwood, and, the first 8 meters are underground to anchor it securely. The wood was installed first and the building built around it.

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    Treasures of Lama Temple

    by echowangxian Written Jul 10, 2009

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    im not a Buddhist, but i like anything that looks fancy.
    this time i found something very interesting here, Jietailou. Now it is uesed as an exhibition room where treasures in the Yonghegong Lama Temple are displayed. Many of the treasures were presented by important Tibetan figures(e.g.Panchen Erdeni and Dalai Lama of different times)to the royal court and the Lama Temple. These treasures, with high historical and artistic value, convey the sublimity and appeal of Tibetan Buddhism.
    if you're a Buddhist, then you must come visit here. because this temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in China, there are many people come here every 1st and 15th.
    for me, once per life is enough :p

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    Yonghegong Lama Buddhist Temple

    by SLLiew Written Sep 21, 2008

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    Located just north east of the Forbidden City is this historically important imperial temple.

    There is an incredible tall Buddhist diety carved from a single large tree that took several years to be moved to Beijing from the southwest China and several more years to carve.

    There are several buildings and photography is not allowed inside. There are guides ready to share more information but only a few can speak English.

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    Yonghehong

    by elpariente Written Mar 22, 2008

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    El templo de los lamas fue la última residencia del emperador Yongzheng , antes de trasladarse a vivir a la ciudad prohibida .Es el templo budista más importante de Beijing .
    El templo que dirigen los monjes tibetanos de "El Gorro Amarillo" , escuela fundada por Tsongkhapa , es el mayor templo Budista de Beiging
    Es un sitio agradable para pasear y disfrutar de su arquitectura , sus tejas amarillas , oliendo a incienso recién quemado
    Podemos destacar :
    -La estatua de Songkhapa
    - Los incensarios
    - La estatua de estilo tibetano de Maitreya ( el Buda del futuro) de 18 m. de alto que está tallada de una sola pieza de sándalo blanco

    The Lamas temple was the last residence of Emperor Yongzheng , before moving to live in the Forbidden City. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Beijing.
    The temple of Tibetan belongs to the "The Yellow Hat" monks school founded by Tsongkhapa
    It is a nice place to stroll and enjoy its architecture, its yellow tiles, the smelling of freshly burned incense
    We can highlight:
    -- The statue of Songkhapa
    -- The incense
    -- The statue of Tibetan style of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) of 18 m. high , which is carved from a single piece of white sandalwood

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