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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 1,243 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Having been to hundreds of temples across Japan, Korea and China, you tend to find that you've seen one, you've seen them all, and this one is no exception. However it's probably worth a visit if this kind of thing is new to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you're in Beijing and hoping to visit a Buddhist temple, this should be no. 1 on your list. It's absolutely beautiful and its centuries-old history has been well preserved. When I visited, there was a wonderful exhibition in one of the temple's rooms displaying ancient artifacts, relics and garments. Highly recommend.

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This Temple, to me, seemed the most accessible of all the Temples we visited. You are supplied with free incense for prayer. You can turn the prayer wheel. The washrooms are fairly clean. (take tissues)

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Perhaps a little difficult to reach using public transportation, but definitely worth a visit. Try not to be in a hurry, so you can really feel the atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A more poignant place than most temples we visited, with prayers and offerings being made by the faithful, as the tourists admire the different temples and Buddha’s. There are a few interesting temples in this complex, especially the one towards the back with the Buddha made from one piece of sandalwood and gilded in gold. There are a lot of... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Our first visit in Peking. Very picturesque. It was full of people burning incense all around the park.

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Xi'an, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a place where the faithful still meet to pray and reflect. The buildings are beautiful and the Buddha statues give off a sense of peace and timelessness. You can get incense for free just beyond the first gift shop, but be aware that one burns it three or four sticks at a time in five or six places... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was one of our favorite places we visited during a multi-day trip to Beijing. Even with a moderate crowd of tourists & Buddhists, the setting exuded a sense of peace. There are multiple small buildings scattered around the grounds holding various Buddha statues & altars. The architecture is stunning and the buildings well maintained. We were fortunate to be... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The temple was interesting and a very nice place to visit. The street on which it is located is pleasant and has interesting shops. Most temple sites are similar in nature to this one so unless you have visited many temples already, this is a very nice experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lovely place, lots of historical things. Beautiful and interactive scenery, would love to go there again.

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