Lama Temple - Yonghegong, Beijing
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.
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) was originally the home of Qing dynasty Prince Yong before he became the Emperor Yongzheng, which is why you'll see the golden roof tiles of an imperial residence. After his elevation in 1723 he kepts with tradition by making a portion of the grounds into a lamasery for Tbetan monks, and another part became the headquarters for his terror posse and secret intelligence agency.
The temple is invariably filled with equal parts monks, worshippers and tourists. At Spring Festival it teems with the devout praying for luck in the coming year. On the last day of the first lunar month, monks perform "devil Dances" wearing fantastic masks of huge animal heads. The incense burners are authentic cultural treasures - the one in the second courtyard dates to 1746.
Impossible to miss, the 18-metres high Maitreya statue in the last building was made from a single piece of sandalwood given by the Dalai Lama to Emperor Qianlong in 1750. It took three years to ship from Nepal to Beijing, and they had to construct the surrounding ahll around the fnished statue. If Maitreya looks shorter than 18 metres, its because part of the statue is underground, lest it topple over: Beijing's subway system rattles right underneath the temple.
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
In my opinion, Yong He Gong, better known as the Lama Temple, is more interesting to visit than the more famous and more popular Temple of Heaven. There are at least two reasons. First, the temple, which is home to Tibetan Buddhism, is still a working temple, with working monks and a dedicated faithful. Second, the temple is home to a giant Buddha. Standing 18 meters above ground and 8 meters below ground and carved from a single sandalwood tree, the Buddha is the largest statue of its kind in the world. A ticket to enter Yong He Gong is a reasonable Y25.
The Lama Temple was the first of seemingly dozens of Buddhists temples that I visited in China. Although I eventually got "all templed out" by the end of my trip, I still look fondly upon this massive and historically significant temple.
The Lama Temple is commonly known as the Yonghe Gong. It was built in 1694 and was originally a palace for a Qing prince who would later become emperor at which point it was turned into a temple. The temple consists of seemingly endless courtyards and halls. Each hall is highly decorative and very well restored. This was probably the brightest of the temples I visited in China. In each courtyard, usually just before the entrance to a hall are incense burners many of which are quite beautifully carved. Another fine feature of the temple complex are the luminous yellow tiled roofs of the main halls.
The Lama Temple is significant for the fact that it is actually a Tibetan Buddhist temple. The complex is in fact also a school for Tibetan Buddhism. For this reason you will see many Tibetan Buddhist monks with their distinctive yellow hats running about the place. Another feature of the temple with a Tibetan influence is the Tower of Ten Thousand Happinesses. It is here that you will find the prize possession of the Lama Temple, that being the huge Statue of Maityera. This fascinating sculpture is 18m tall and carved from a single piece of sandalwood.
The Lama Temple is open daily from 9am to 4pm. I actually got in slightly after closing so these times are rather vague. Admission is Y25.
This temple is the most renowned Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is a vast area and has numerous halls with each having magnificent Buddhas, huge incense burners, prayer wheels, tapestries and a museum devoted to Tibertan metal statuery. The most impessive is the Wanfuge which contains the 18 metre, 9 metres across at the base, highly polished wooden (sandalwood)Buddha supposedly the largest wooden Buddha.
Unfortunately, you cannot take photos inside and therefore capture the full magnitude of the statue.
The ticket costs 25 Yuan and is actually a VCD of the temple which does work! (see photo) Don’t throw it out!
The Lama Temple was built in 1694 and was the residence of the Son of Emperor Kangxi until 1723 when he became Emperor. In 1744 it became a lamasery – for Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist monks. This temple is very colourful and lively, with some beautiful statues of Buddhas in five halls. The last hall has a 75ft (23m) Buddha inside, which is carved out of a whole piece of sandalwood and is biggest wood-carving Buddha in the world - very impressive. The recommended time for a visit is an hour, however we spent over 2 hours here, I thought it was really beautiful.
At the time of writing, entry was 25RMB - bargain!
Lama Temple, or Yanghegong, has a long history. It was originally built in 1694 and originally used as official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty and was converted to the royal court of Prince Yongzheng(Yin Zhen) a son of Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty.
Lama Temple or Yonghe Lamasery is nowadays the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in China.
Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this building was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.
Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.
Wonderful experience. Peaceful, quiet an oasis in the middle of a busy city. I spent a couple of hours just wandering around the numerous alters in this complex, people watching. There is a spot at the very back ot the temple were you can get away from the crowds and look back through a haze of burning incense. I have to say it was clearly one of the highlights for me in this city. Having visited many temples in the far east this was the most impactive. Not the prettiest but there is definitely an atmosphere in which I got caught up. If you've got time to visit one active temple in Beijing make it this one.
Best place to get away from the pushy salesmen in the street. This large temple - actually its temples - was once the residence of a count. He moved to the Forbidden City when he became emperor, and the palace was taken over by monks. When a rebellion in Tibet was quelled he issued that a vase was kept in the temple. The vase was used in choosing the Panchen Lama.
The temples all have Buddhas in them but the last one is by far the largest. It is supposedly cut out of a single piece of wood, but seeing the size of it I wonder if there have ever been a tree that wide. Every statue has some meaning and is the Buddha for something. I couldn't figure out half of them, but then again I am a complete novice on Buddhist symbols.
Photography inside the temple buildings are not allowed.
Yonghe Lamasery is Beijing’s most famous lamaseryand and impressive Buddhist temple. It was a palatial residence built in 1694 by Qing Emperor Kangxi for his fourth son, Prince Yongzhen who later succeeded to the thorne. It was originally the residence of Prince Yongzheng, which was later converted into a temple in 1744 by Emperor Qianlong. The most prominent feature was a 23m-tall Maitreya Buddha carved from the truck of a white sandalwood tree from Tibet. As Buddhists, my parents didn’t leave without saying a prayer for the family…
Today, it was an important historical monument.
This temple was first the palace of a prince. When he became the Emperor, he donated it to the Tibetan Buddhists, because it was not allowed to live in the palace anymore. The Lama Temple Yonghegong was for a very long time the residence of the Panchen Lama, when he visited Beijing.
Now the Lamassery is bustling with live. Ok, this is a photo taken on a cold winter day in 1988. I have been there again during Springfestival in 1999 and I had to queue for 15 minutes to make my bows to the famous wooden Buddha there!
Bus routes: Take Buses 13, 62, 116, 117 or take the subway and alight at Lama Temple Station
Opening hours: 09:00 - 16:39
Admission fees: 25 Yuan, 12 Yuan for students
Yonghe Gong is the biggest tibetan Buddhist Lama temple in Beijing. This was built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Gong in the Qing dynasty in 1725.
Only in 1744,emperor Qian Long changed it into a lamasery.
The architecture of this place is just as amazing as forbidden city.
Another great place for pictures, but unfortunately, you can't take any inside the inner halls of the temple.
There is a statue of the buddha that stands at 6 storeys high, tallest buddha carved out from a single tree trunk. An incredible sight!