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Lama Temple: A Sacred Destination

Lama Temple is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Taking pictures are not allowed but I can’t resist taking shot of the Maitreya Buddha (60 ft)- amazingly tall statue which was carved from a sandalwood.

This is a place of worship so I was not able to take candid shots. One box of incense is given to each tourist, which is included in the entrance fee paid. I burned incense to pray during my visit (though I was not raised how to use it and I am not a Bhuddist) having in mind that incense affects the heart of God.

Entrance fee: 25 RMB

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Jan 25, 2016

Lama Temple

Building work on the Yonghe or Lama Temple started in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. It originally served as an official residence for court eunuchs then wasconverted into the court of the Prince Yong a son of the Kangxi Emperor and himself the future Yongzheng Emperor. After Yongzheng's ascension to the throne in 1722, half of the building was converted into a lamasery, a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism. The other half remained an imperial palace.

After Yongzheng's death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng's successor, gave the temple imperial status signified by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles which were reserved for the emperor. The monastery became a residence for large numbers of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet, and so the Yonghe Lamasery became the national center of Lama administration.

The temple is said to have survived the Cultural Revolution due to the intervention of Premier Zhou Enlai. It was reopened to the public in 1981. There are five main halls which are separated by courtyards:

1 - The Hall of the Heavenly Kings is the southernmost of the main halls, it served originally as the main entrance to the monastery. In the center of the hall stands a statue of the Maitreya Buddha, along the walls statues of the four Heavenly Kings are arranged.

2 - The Hall of Harmony and Peace is the main building of the temple. It houses three bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages, the statue of the Gautama Buddha (Buddha of the Present) is in the center, it is flanked by the statue of Kasyapa Matanga (Buddha of the Past, right) and the Maitreya Buddha (Buddha of the Future, left). Along the sides of the hall, the statues of the 18 Arhats are placed. A mural in the hall shows the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

3 - The Hall of Everlasting Protection was Emperor Yongzheng's living quarters as a prince and the place where his coffin was placed after his death. Today, a statue of the Bhaisajya-guru (healing Buddha) stands in this hall.

4 - The Hall of the Wheel of the Law functions as a place for reading scriptures and conducting religious ceremonies. It contains a large statue of Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Geluk School. The hall also contains the Five-Hundred-Arhat-Hill, a carving made of red sandalwood with statues of the arhats made from five different metals (gold, silver, copper, iron, and tin).

5 - The Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness contains an 26 meter 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.

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Aug 06, 2015

the temple of the Tibetan form of Buddhism

It is the temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing, China. Also known as the Yonghe temple. This Tibetanm Temple was built 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 where Tibetan Monks in Beijing Lived. The Temple is half a temple and half an imperial palace and where emperor Yongzheng is buried. There are various things to see here like the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Hall of Harmony and Peace, the Hall of Everlasting Protection, the Hall of the Wheel of the Law and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses.

Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday

Admission Fee: 25 RMB for all ages

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Oct 13, 2014

Yonghegong Lama Temple

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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Feb 17, 2014
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Lama Temple

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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Oct 13, 2013

Lama Temple

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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Sep 05, 2013

Lama Tmple or Yong He Gong or Yonghe Lamasery

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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Sep 04, 2013

Yonghegong Lama Monastery

The YongHeGong Lama Temple is also known as the Palace of Peace and Harmony. YongHeGong is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Work started on building this temple in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty.

YongHeGong managed to survive the Cultural Revolution due to the intervention of prime minister Zhou Enlai. It opened to the public in 1981.

This is a stunningly beautiful building and we really enjoyed our visit here. It even contained a rather smelly exhibition of sculptures formed from rancid yak butter.

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Jul 10, 2013


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Biggest Buddha Ever!!!

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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May 31, 2012

Lama Temple

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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Apr 04, 2011


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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Jul 20, 2010

A famous temple in Beijing

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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Apr 08, 2010

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