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Lama Temple (Yonghe gong)

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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Oct 01, 2009


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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Aug 09, 2009

Lama Temple

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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Aug 09, 2009

A Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing????

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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Jul 20, 2009
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Treasures of Lama Temple

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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Jul 10, 2009

Yonghegong Lama Buddhist Temple

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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Sep 21, 2008

Yonghe Gong - Lama Temple

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.

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Apr 03, 2008


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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Beijing's Other Temple

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.

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May 22, 2007

The Lama Temple

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.

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Mar 05, 2007

A vast, colourful tourist site

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!

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Feb 10, 2007

Lama Temple

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!

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Jan 20, 2007

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