According to the tour guide, the jade to make the Jade Buddha were brought from Myanmar.
Many tourists visited this temple. Many local citizen came here to do their worshipping too. After the worshipping, they burn the josspaper into a furnance placed at openair area.
The Jade Buddha Temple is one of Shanghai's most important Buddhist temples. It was founded in the 1880s, and is best known for its two jade Buddha statues (one is a reclining Buddha and one is a sitting Buddha) which were brought to the temple from Burma. The temple is actually a complex of buildings and courtyards. The two jade Buddhas are located upstairs in the side buildings behind the Grand Hall, the largest temple building.
The Jade Buddha Temple complex is open to the public. Give yourself about 30-60 minutes to tour it.
If you are traveling with children, a fun activity at the temple is to feed the koifish in the pond at the back of the temple. Our daughter thought that that was the highlight of the visit.
The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai, China. As with most modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.
During the rule of emperor Guang Xu in the Qing Dynasty (1875-1908), Hui Gen, an abbot from Mount Putuo went on a pilgrimage to Tibet via the two famous Chinese mountains Mount Wutai and Mount Emei. After Tibet, he arrived in Burma. Whilst there, Mr. Chen Jun-Pu, an overseas Chinese resident in Burma, donated five Jade statues of Buddha to Hui Gen, who transported two of them back to Jiang-wan, Shanghai. Here Hui Gen had a temple built with donated funds, and died shortly thereafter. This temple was occupied during the 1911 uprising, and the statues were moved to Maigen Road.
An Abbot by the name of Ke Chen later had a new temple built on land donated by a Mr. Shen. The construction took ten years, and lasted from 1918-1928. Ke Chen also invited Reverend Di Xian from Tian Tai mountain to come and lecture on Buddhism in a magnificent ceremony.
In 1956, a ceremony was held at the temple by the Shanghai Buddhist Association to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment.
In 1966, during the Cultural Revolution, the monks made a living by selling handicrafts.
In 1983, Shanghai Institute of Buddhism was established at the temple under the Shanghai Buddhist Association.
In 1985, Monk Zhizhi Xuan and others made a trip to Dunhuang via Xinjiang. Shortly after their return, regular scripture lectures, meditation and other features of temple life were resumed.
Although, some people don't rank this very high on the list of things to do, I found it very interesting. The artwork and the architecture of the temple grounds were awesome. You could buy jade artwork that were blessed by monks here but, you can also, get jade much cheaper at the shops at Yuyuan gardens. It costs all of 20 RMB (3.00 USD) for the entrance fee, and 10 RMB (1.50) to see the upright Jade buddha (No pictures).
In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928 and named after the jade statues. Although the history of the Jade Buddha Temple is not very long, the old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and well worth a visit.
In the western part of Shanghai, there is a famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.
The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade.
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Admission Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 8:30 to 17:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
This is the most famous Temple in Shanghai. It was built in 1882. its three main halls are connected by tow courts. The first hall is the Heavenly King Hall, where the four Kings are in the walls. The Grand Hall of Magnificence houses three incarnations of the Buddha, while the Jade Buddha Chamber is the first Jade statue. It is very beautiful but photography is forbidden. =(
When I visited the temple it was about to close and we were told to go upstairs to take a look to the Jade Buddha but at the same time, there was a monk "mass" in the temple so, even though the Jade Buddha is really beautiful, I would have preffered to see the monk's "mass", which for me, it's much more interesting.
The jade buddha is indeed impressive but the real treat is to see and old Chinese building complex and find a bit of calm (despite the number for people who stream through this site) in the midst of Shanghai.
While it is a big tourist spot there were plenty of people who had come to pray and bring sacrifices and that was as interesting to watch as it was to see the jade buddha.
Great place to visit, Full of monks and local worshippers, and guides who want you to buy expensive souvenirs, We opted instead to put money in the charity box. Its open from 8am - 4.30pm. Its an active Zen Buddhist shrine and the temple dates back to 1882. The focal points are 2 white jade buddha statues carved from a single slab of Burmese jade, one sitting and the other reclining. ( pictures and video cannot be taken of the sitting one). you have to pay twice, once to enter, and the other if you want to view the 2 center pieces.
This is a nice quiet temple in bustling Shanghai. From Jing An district, the walk to this temple takes about 20 minutes. The jade is imported from Myanmar if I can still remember...Nice quiet place to relax and spend your morning.
This temple complex is intresting and worth the bit out of the way location, but remeber the transportation is soooo cheap that it won't hurt you in the pocket to come here.......several large pavillons cover this temple area with the Jade Buddha statue at it's center piece, one must buy a seperate entrance and no photos are allowed inside the area of the jade buddha. Leave about 1 hour to see the entire complex......well worth it !!!!!
The 2metres high Jade buddha is the centerpiece of this temple. The color is white and it's not allowed to take pictures from it. You have to pay an entrance fee ... and again 10Yuan for the Jade Buddha.
There are many Buddhists in Shanghai, this is one of their temples. Felt a little uneasy as a tourist wandering around amongst people praying, but noone seemed too bothered. a serene place and well worth a visit
It was my first experience visiting a chinese temple. It was very interesting to see how the local people prayed..and of course..trying to sneak in pics like a stupid tourist who wasnt supposed to was kinda fun too..The buddha is huge but ur not allowed to take a pic of it and you can only be a certain distance from it...not as big as other buddhas i saw, but biggest jade one that i saw
The Jade Buddha temple stands in the place of an old temple built in 1882, to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen.
This original temple was destroyed during the revolution that ended the Dynasty and the new one that replaced it was called by the people The Jade Buddha Temple.
There are not one but two Buddhas and they are are carved in two blocks of white jade.
The sitting Buddha (190 cm tall) is a meditating oneand the recumbent one (96 cm long) is in the so-called "lucky repose" position (see pic).
The temple keeps as well other statues of heroes and warriors and more than 7,000 Dazang sutras which are unique relics of the Buddhist religion.