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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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Address: 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
Phone Number: 010-64044499
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan...

A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan yellow-sect temple, which features an impressive fifty-four-foot high Buddha carved from one piece of Tibetan sandalwood.

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Big sandalwood Buddha!

Go early in the morning to see people coming to offer prayers burning incense sticks. The fragrance surrounds the temple. Big sandalwood Buddha is carved out of one sandalwood... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Go early in the morning to see people coming to offer prayers burning incense sticks. The fragrance surrounds the temple. Big sandalwood Buddha is carved out of one sandalwood tree.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would recommend that you visit this place instead forbidden city + summer gardens .It is those two in one -really , unless you are really eager to long queues security checks ...

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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing. You must not miss it when visiting Beijing. It's tranquil, peaceful, beautiful and the whole place smells like incense. I just loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting buildings with a diverse number of statues in them. A couple of highlights were walking down the path to the first gate under rows of trees which were all dropping their leaves. So the whole path was awash with yellow leaves. Second was the opportunity to just sit and watch the world go by. Lots of worshippers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic place to visit for it's history and architecture. Yuan 25 per adult for a ticket together with a disc to play at home. You also get a free box of incense sticks. You can also pay Yuan 50 for an audio guided tour tape/headphones. The entrance walk up through the mature Gingkyo trees in full Autumn colours was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After having hit all of the most well known attractions in Beijing, I was able to visit the Lama Temple. This was easily the most impressive place that I visited next to the Great Wall. I traveled to the Lama Temple via the subway on line 2. It takes you right to the temple and is an easy walk from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it's turned into a tourist site, it's still a very cultural experience. You will see many Chinese coming to pray and light incense. Very cool experience. And don't forget to see the giant Buddha statue.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't have the chance to go to Tibet, you can enjoy their architecture and part of their history here in Beijing, Lama Temple. There is the biggest Buddha carved in a sandalwood tree. They are different teaching rooms where the monks were studying. If you have the chance, you can see the monks praying all together. You will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If I only had time to go to one place in Beijing I would choose the Lama Temple. It was amazing watching the worshippers and being a part of the crowd. The buildings are beautiful but it is the 'realness' of the place that really makes the impact. Nothing is put on for the sake of the tourists, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was awestruck by the 26 meter high statue! There were so many beautiful artifacts in the other temples, but the Maitreya is NOT TO BE MISSED. There is also a shop on site of religious articles and lesser gemstones set necklaces, etc etc that was quite tempting. It was a tough balance of respecting the culture and wanting to... More 

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