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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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Address: No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, 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

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Impressive, better than Forbidden City

More relaxing than Forbidden city, nicer to walk around and not so much pushing and shoving. Pleasant smells of incense fill the air all around you, with Buddhist monks keeping... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wuhan, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

More relaxing than Forbidden city, nicer to walk around and not so much pushing and shoving. Pleasant smells of incense fill the air all around you, with Buddhist monks keeping the place tidy and keeping the tourists and visiting faithful believers in check. The 18m tall wooden statue of Buddha is very impressive. We were there in off season so... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Lama Temple is one of the oldest and still active Buddhist temples in Beijing. I had mixed feelings about touring it. I was excited before we got there because it historically important. However, while there I felt like I was intruding on other people's religious experience. Maybe, I was just over sensitive as no one else seemed to matter.... More 

Thank Adrian J
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Still good, worth a visit if you haven't been to anything similar before, the incense is nice and the buildings quite beautiful. But overall, a little underwhelming.

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Qingdao, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once you have seen a few Chinese Buddhist temples, you have seen them all. We only stopped by here, because we were in the area, looking for something to do. We didn't regret going here, but we just wouldn't go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the oldest working Buddhist temples in Beijing and well worth a visit. Just watch the hundreds of locals coming to worship and the series of temples in the complex. It is also worthwhile taking some time to wander round the local area and surrounding hutongs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy and interesting is the Lama Temple, or Yonghegong. Why I'm recommending it in particular is its so easily and readily accessible. There's a subway directly to the temple. It's not too big, So a 45 min to 60 visit is fine. No steps and wheel chair friendly. Crowds only in the weekends. Weekdays are reasonable and nearby to Lama... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool place to to get an introduction to the temples of Bejing We walked to it from our hotel [a long walk!] Very large and well visited by the locals and travelers alike!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are five beautifully decorated central halls here, each one bigger than the previous one. They are very ornately decorated. There is a very nice sense of calm in the temple grounds. The last hall houses a huge sandlewood Buddha. This is a must see attraction in Beijing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are on sacred ground, and you cannot help but fall to your knees and prostrate before the Buddhas. A pleasant visit during winter, the Tibetan architecture and decor are a real treat. Make sure you observe the worshipers and have your camera ready for some interesting portraiture..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a number of pavilions all with a connection to Buddha. Whilst visiting there were many believers praying and making offerings. This is the most significant temple outside of Tibet. More opulent than the Forbidden City. Well worth a visit.

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