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Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha in Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai

The Jade Buddha Temple, the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai, is located in the western part of the city. In 1882, a monk named Huigen left two of five jade Buddha statues brought from Burma in Shanghai and built a temple there to keep them. In 1918, the old temple was burned down and a new one was built on the present site and named the Jade Buddha Temple.

Still inhabited by monks, the temple consists of three main halls and two courtyards.

The first hall is Tianwang Dian Hall where statues of the four celestial kings and Maitreya are enshrined. It was said that the Maitreya is, in fact, the Budai Monk. In 916, before his death, he had told people that he was the reincarnation of the future Buddha Maitreya. Later, peopl called him Buddha Maitreya and began to worship him in temples.

Hall of Mahavira in Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China 

The second hall is Daxiong Baodian. Three large gilded Buddha statues: the Buddhas of the past (Bhaisajya-guru), present (Sakyamuni) and future (Maitreya) are kept in the hall. The one in the center is Sakyamuni, east of it is Bhaisajya-guru and west is Maitreya. Eighteen gilded Luohan statues stand around them.

After visiting the Daxiong Baodian, people reach the Jade Buddha Tower. A jade Buddha, which is 1.9m tall and 1.34m wide, stands on the second floor. Inlaid with diamonds and agates, the jade Buddha is sitting leisurely at the moment of his enlightenment. And in a hall on the western part of the temple grounds lies a 96-cm-long recumbent jade Buddha. Both of these two Buddha statues were carved out of a single piece of white jade. Besides all this, many Buddhist sculptures and classics are housed in the temple.

Admission Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 8:30 to 17:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
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  • ReplyRinav,   India
    2011/6/22 5:16:00

    Jade Buddha Temple is really a good place to visit whether you are a Buddhist or not..Quiet,peaceful atmosphere in Temple adds richness feeling to our busy life..