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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 #15 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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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Brilliant place to visit. I was quite awe struck by the size of the Buddha and the many temples there I thought there would be one or two but there are a lot more, do take time to look in them all you will be surprised.

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Long Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a small temple, kind of boring unless you want to burn incense and chant. Not many photo ops. Don't spend more than an hour there. As I said, you seen one Chinese temple, you have seen them all. I would pass on this one.

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Nuremberg, Germany
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76 reviews 76 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

I imagined we were fing to walk through the usual Chinese building which is lovely but looks a lot like the last one you saw 2 hours ago. This was not the case, the place is alive, many people praying and burning incense, the last Buddha is impresive, and I mean it. Try to reach it near the end of... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Even tho im not a buddhist its interesting to come here for sightseeing . Very soothing and spiritual . Its nice to see people praying and monks walking around . The giant statue is great , u cant pictures tho . they have lots of rooms and small statues on display .

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This place was truly remarkable, if you are a temples junkie like me, you must go and be prepared to spend at least half the day there to really soak in each of the respective temples on the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Lama Temple can easily be reached by public transportation and is very accessible for English speaking tourists on their own. No need to take an expensive tour here. The temple is very impressive and one of the nicest ones I have seen in china. Plan 1-2 hours to see everything. Audio guides can be rented for 40 RMB and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This temple was simply breathtaking. It was amazing to see the mix of the Tibetan and Chinese artwork. The details and carvings were all amazing and everything is preserved and maintained well. The small temple is still operational and so one can see monks going about and people quietly praying. It provided for a very tranquil atmosphere that added to... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a Buddhist Temple that was protected during the revolution by Zhou Enlai. You can see the more Tibetan style of Buddhism right in the middle of Beijing, which alone makes it worth a visit.

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Tampa, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have visited Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and this was the best temple we saw. It's actually a complex of temples. It is very well maintained and extremely interesting. Many locals come here to pray.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Lama Temple is easy to get to in a central location. It's a nice temple where you're free to walk around the grounds. Worth a visit.

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