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Yonghe Lamasery

Yonghe Lamasery, Beijing

Located at the northeastern corner of Beijing City, Yonghe Lamasery, originally built in 1694 in China's Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) is reputed to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in the city.

The original construction was the mansion of the third Qing emperor, Yongzheng before he inherited the throne in 1723. In 1725, half of the mansion was extended into an imperial palace for the emperor and the remaining part was awarded to Panchen Lama, the yellow sect of Tibetan Buddhism, as a temple. In 1774, the building was largely reconstructed under the order of Emperor Qianlong and resulted in the present temple complex.

Beijing-Lama Temple 

The temple complex has a typical Chinese Buddhist temple layout of three courtyard structures. The main buildings are arranged on a north-south axis including Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Hall of Harmony and Peace (Yong He Gong), Hall of the Wheel of the Law (Fa Lun Dian) and Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness (Wan Fu Ge). A variety of associated buildings on each side of the axis house study rooms and monks' dormitories.

The whole architecture features a blending of Han, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan Buddhist styles and over the entrance gate of each main hall hangs a plaque with the name of the hall with inscriptions in Tibetan, Mongolian and Chinese languages.

A collection of various Buddha and Arhat statues are enshrined in the temple and among them an 18-meter-high (60 feet)  Buddha statue carved out of sandalwood is very precious.

Admission Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 16:00
Time for a Visit:
One hour
Bus Route: 13, 18, 44, 62, 116, 407, 807

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