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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
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As featured in 3 days in Beijing
Ranked #16 of 1,242 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan yellow-sect temple, which features an impressive fifty-four-foot (25m) high Buddha... more »
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Key Biscayne, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was told that if I was staying for 2 days , visit this one..I really lil it. It is the favorite of my tour guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Enjoy the history of Budhist progression. One compound after another lead to better halls. No need to buy incense sticks from outside, they just give you a packet free at entry, this packet is sufficient for all compunds, keep lighting three sticks at a time and pray.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We went here one hot morning and found it to be pleasant enough. The architecture is nice and the temples are well maintained. This place is all about the Panchen Lama for obvious Chinese government reasons. There was an exhibition of statues (Both Buddha and Bodhisattva ) in one of the buildings on the left hand side which seemed more... More

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Buffalo, Wyoming
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Its a beautiful place, but I was not quite impressed. Unless your a real buff on Buddhism, its not super interesting. The area has a few decent restaurants in the hutongs however.

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The Lama Temple was a nice place, not too big and you can see it fairly quickly. A number of somewhat impressive displays and the typical architecture of that historical period that you see many other places in China as well. The one "wow" attraction here is the massive statue, over three stories tall, carved from a single piece of... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

it was really nice, that every visitor got a bunch of incense at the entrance and of course the halls and temples were beautiful. weren't much information in English though...

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful architecture, painting buildings, and large display of Buddha including a 6 meter (20 feet) high bronze statue. This is still an active Tibetan Buddhist centre for worship/pray, but government sponsored. Worth a visit. Cost is CNY 25 per person.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It can be a very peaceful spot if you get there early and there are only a few monks and early worshippers. It will be busy during afternoons in the summer, but always worth a visit for it's interesting history and cultural aspects.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We decided to go as a last minute thing before we left and I have to say that while it was beautiful and filled with history I felt a little out of place. There are a lot of chinese citizens there praying and burning incense which is cool to see but it made us feel like we were in the... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful and not so busy as other attractions, lots of amazing photo opportunities - don't forget the free incense

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