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Excursion to YongHeGong Lama Temple and Confucius Temple

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Just inside the front gate to YongHeGong

I'm offically all Beijing-Templed out.  After Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), YongHeGong and Confucius, I'm done.  They're all great and wonderful and beautiful... and all blending together.

I'm addicted to an app on Facebook, so I stalled playing that.  But I eventually left the apartment, and headed for the subway.  After changing to the Line 5 (more convenient than taking the Line 1 to the Line 2- Lines 2 and 5 both go to YongHeGong).  It wasn't much of a walk to the Temple from the subway exit, and it was rather nice outside, if a bit chilly.  After I payed my 25 rmb entrance fee (the ticket was rather unique, see pic below), I headed inside.  And no, I didn't buy incense.  There was enough burning already, I could smell it from the street.

Heading into the main area of YongHeGong
 

A short history of the Temple- It was built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Yong (this is in the Qing dynasty).  It was changed by another emperor in 1744 to a lamasery.  It wasn't opened to the public until 1981.

I had a nice walk around the Temple, and there were plenty of other people there for a Friday afternoon.   Of those, they were mostly fellow tourists, there seemed to be a good number of worshippers and a handful of monks.  But there was enough room to comfortably walk around without tripping over anyone else.   It's a pretty spacious place, with a lot to see.  Unfortunately, I'm sure I missed some pretty cool things when I left early.  But the incense was kicking my allergies into overdrive (I'd even taken medicine before I left as a precaution), and I bailed.

Bell Tower (built in 1744).
  But I wasn't done with the Temples yet. 

After crossing the street, going through a gate and heading down a street while avoiding hawkers, I paid my 20 rmb to get into the Confucius Temple and Guozijian (Imperial College).   Inside the gate, the first thing you see (besides the information booth) is a statue of Confucius.  Then looking around, I noticed a lot of stone pillars.  Apparently there are 198 of them, with the name of jinshi scholars that passed a special exam during the Qing, Ming and Yuan dynasties.  I walked around in relative peace, there were so few people and no incense.  There was a tour group and some random tourists, but no one bothered me and I was able to look around and take pictures at my leisure.

The bell
  After the main building (the Da Cheng Shrine), I weaved my way to the left side heading in back to where there are another 198 stone pillars.  These have all 13 of the Confucian classics carved on them. 

From there, I made my way out of the Temple and back to Yonghegong Dajie and to a hutong for a late lunch.

And as for the special Lama Temple ticket- Part of the ticket is a VCD, which is pretty cool.  It has some background of the Temple, and some scenes as well.  The audio is all in Chinese, and most also has English subtitles (except for when the monks are talking, then it's also subtitled in Chinese or not subtitled at all).

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Just inside the front gate to Yong…
Just inside the front gate to Yon…
Heading into the main area of Yong…
Heading into the main area of Yon…
Bell Tower (built in 1744).
Bell Tower (built in 1744).
The bell
The bell
me and the Bell
me and the Bell
the East Pavillion (built in 1744)…
the East Pavillion (built in 1744…
in front of the Yong He gate (buil…
in front of the Yong He gate (bui…
Incense burners
Incense burners
Incense burners and worshippers
Incense burners and worshippers
Yong He gate
Yong He gate
Behind Yong He gate
Behind Yong He gate
Yong You Dian
Yong You Dian
West Pavillion- same carving as Ea…
West Pavillion- same carving as E…
The aforementioned stone with carv…
The aforementioned stone with car…
The aforementioned stone with carv…
The aforementioned stone with car…
Drum Tower (built in 1744)
Drum Tower (built in 1744)
In the giant stone bowl outside th…
In the giant stone bowl outside t…
The giant stone bowl outside the D…
The giant stone bowl outside the …
a flag near the gate
a flag near the gate
An introduction to the Confucious …
An introduction to the Confucious…
The man himself (in stone, anyway)
The man himself (in stone, anyway)
leading up to the Da Cheng gate
leading up to the Da Cheng gate
the Da Cheng Gate
the Da Cheng Gate
Qianlong Drum-shaped stone (made d…
Qianlong Drum-shaped stone (made …
Halberds (ancient weapons)
Halberds (ancient weapons)
Halberds (ancient weapons)
Halberds (ancient weapons)
back of the Da Cheng gate
back of the Da Cheng gate
In 1689 (Qing dynasty)- this stone…
In 1689 (Qing dynasty)- this ston…
The Chu Jian cypress, supposed to …
The Chu Jian cypress, supposed to…
Da Cheng Hall- where Confucious wa…
Da Cheng Hall- where Confucious w…
Some of the 198 Stone Tablets (13 …
Some of the 198 Stone Tablets (13…
Some of the 198 Stone Tablets (13 …
Some of the 198 Stone Tablets (13…
Ink Lake- actually a well
Ink Lake- actually a well
Ink Lake- actually a well
Ink Lake- actually a well
me and the Halberds
me and the Halberds
me and the Halberds
me and the Halberds
the front 198 stone tablets
the front 198 stone tablets
leaving the Confucious Temple
leaving the Confucious Temple
Ticket for the Confucious Temple
Ticket for the Confucious Temple
Ticket/VCD from the YongHeGong Lam…
Ticket/VCD from the YongHeGong La…
My lunch at the Vineyard (simply b…
My lunch at the Vineyard (simply …
My lunch at the Vineyard (simply b…
My lunch at the Vineyard (simply …
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