Lama Temple

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Lama Temple Beijing Reviews

StephAAMU StephAAMU
24 reviews
Yonghegong Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple Jul 26, 2011
The Lama Temple is the largest lamasery in Beijing. It was built in 1694 as the home of Prince Yong and was later converted into a palace. Qianlong later changed it to lama temple and fast forward past the history lesson.....

The temple is huge, but alot of the information is written in Mandarin. It was pretty, but I was more impressed by Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong. (Actually, the other temples I saw on my Asian adventure never matched the magnificence of the Wong Tai Sin Temple.) The main reason I went was to see the various Buddhas. The Buddha that I most wanted to see is a Maitreya Buddha (it's in the Guiness World Book of Records - 1990 - for being the 18meters tall and carved out of a single piece of white sandalwood tree). This thing is MASSIVE. Very IMPRESSIVE. It's so huge that to look at it you have to bend your neck ALLLLLLL the way back, but you couldn't take pictures in the halls. Some of the visitors didn't follow the rules and they were happy snapping. :)

You'll receive a little dvd as part of your ticket package, so maybe the sandalwood Buddha is profiled on the dvd. Allergy sufferers be prepared for heavy, heavy, heavy, oppressively heavy incense smoke. I thought I was going to choke and die and it made my throat really sore, so I ended up leaving earlier than planned (I still played about 2.5 hours there, so it wasn't THAT early) and heading to the Olympic Green.

I recommend the Lama Temple if you love Qianlong for some reason. I am rather partial to Qianlong and Kangxi so the history prof in me was compelled to visit.

Make sure you spin a few prayer wheels (in the right direction) while you're there. :)
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ophirh ophirh
23 reviews
Mar 19, 2006
Went to see the Lama Temple on Sunday afternoon.

First of all it's very easy to get there, as there's a subway station which is called the Lama Temple, and it's 200 meters from the entrance to the Temple.

The entrance fee is 25 yuan (3$) and it worths it. The temple is active, and a lot of chinese people come here to pray and light incense for the budha.

The high light is ofcourse the 18 meters budha statue, but the whole complex is really beautiful.

Worth the visit (but not one of the must places to see in Beijing)
The first inner temple inside the …
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stevenguyen says:
Very nice pics
Posted on: Sep 03, 2006
ophirh says:
I was busy watching the women lighting the incense ;)
Posted on: Aug 26, 2006
AtlantaScottyV says:
I really enjoyed this temple the most (out of all the many others we visited) when i was in China. The incense here was a lot more prevalant. Makes me wish I was there again!
Posted on: Aug 25, 2006

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