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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
010-64044499
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Ranked #16 of 1,250 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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Park City, Utah
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159 reviews 159 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Lama Temple is easy to get to on line 2, and has a reasonable admission fee. I went on a Monday afternoon, and it wasn't too crowded, so it was a nice break from Beijing craziness.

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Hong Kong
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

the good: unique building mixing ming-qing style building with Lamaist buddhist temple; nice location in the middle of old Beijing hutongs; highest statue to have been carved out of one block of sandalwood (26m); beautifully maintained; the bad: avoid weekends and national holidays, it will be overcrowded with people coming to send their offerings and no way to enjoy this... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved the Lama Temple, the different rooms and temples inside, learning about the history, how peaceful it was, lighting incence stick, everything about the place was beautiful. One of my highlights in Beijing

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Beijing
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

a decade plus here and i'm still amazed and in awe every time I set foot in the lama temple. I usually make it the first stop when my friends stop by and visit Beijing. While it has gotten slightly over commercial lately, it's still a real lamasery. Coming here on weekdays around lunch time is the best time to... More

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melbourne
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

A very spiritual place that was well worth the visit. Take a pack of free incence and join the locals in prayer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Giant Buddha! Great for a wow effect and learning about Budhism, go there it's cool! Very spiritual place.

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Phatthalung Province, Thailand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

To me, there's nothing special about the temple. I went there to pray sometimes. Get ready for teary eyes because of the smoke from joss sticks. Sunglasses would help.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting how impressive the large Buddha would be. It is an awe inspiring experience even for the not particularly spiritual, even more so when you realize it was carved from a single tree. As with everywhere else here, there will be crowds. However they were part of the charm. From the tourist who missed the dozens of signs... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I believe the guide said it was carved out of a solid piece of wood that was shipped in…..very impressive. Lovely buildings and architecture to check out.

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the Lama Temple on a Friday afternoon while in Beijing for business. We took the No. 5 subway from the CBD. The temple is only a short walk from the station. We arrived around 3pm just as a number of tour busses were leaving. There were still lots of people visiting the temple, but quite manageable. We spent... More

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