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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
010-64044499
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Ranked #15 of 1,251 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Lama temple. It was relatively quiet when we visited mid-afternoon, certainly when compared to the Forbidden City. There's a fair number of different halls to visit and the atmosphere is spiritual and relaxed

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Clarksville TN, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This was not on my planned itinerary until I arrived in Beijing. It was reccomended to me by my hotel. What a treat! Such a beautiful temple - lots of people worshiping - and very friendly. A local even gave me incense to burn. The architecture is spectacular!

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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I thought this would be a great experience. However, the crowds (What can you expect, this is CHINA!) were just like the crowded subway. I thought the people would be more reverent but the spitting, pushing, shoving was the same. I'm used to it already (still not happy about it) but I wasn't expecting it to be the same madness... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here, interesting to see how fervent people were, and beautiful atmosphere. There were very few sources of information about the different halls, buddhas, exhibits... And it was quite crowded, though cleared out by the end of the afternoon.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

The statue is carved from one piece of wood, 26 meters total length, 18 meters above ground and 8 below. Very serene and peaceful temple.

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Tianjin Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm surprised it took me so long to come to this temple, one of the few active lamaseries in Beijing. Visiting on a weekday, around lunch time is perfect as the crowds thin out and one can actually have a tad of peace while taking in all the sights and the statues of various buddhas.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Among all the temples I've visited in Beijing,the lama temple is my favorite. You will experience a great moment. Chinese poeple still come to this temple to pray and the smell of blessed burning sticks will bring you in another world,far away from tremendous activity of modern Beijing. Go for a guided visit to learn more about the mysteries of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

If the smell of incense bothers you this might not be the place for you. Thousands of people visit daily to burn incense and pay their respects. It is much smaller than the Temple of Heaven and easier to traverse. Worth seeing.

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Although I'll admit to not really knowing what to do with myself here, I'm really glad I went. It is really quite breathtaking in terms of architecture and sheer magnititude - there is a huge golden buddha that is really quite unbelievable. As we did not know much about the religious practice we decided to step back and observe what... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Lama Temple is a temple that is used for religious purposes not just a tourist attraction. The people go to light their incense and ask for blessings. We loved the atmosphere and the beauty of the buildings. It has a very different feeling to the Forbidden City and all the many attractions in Beijing. It is next to an... More

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