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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
010-64044499
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 1,425 Reviews
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Lama Temple is a Buddhist temple in China, after all. So you think you have seen enough temples? I suggest you see this one anyway. With the exception of the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, this is my favorite. Outside the walls are hustling, bustling streets with people scurrying about their daily lives and inside the faithful are going about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The environment is very nice,the temple is beautiful,may be look like others in china,but do not miss east side hall.I think this is the best part of this temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

It is a must see!!! You feel in heaven, and far far away from busy Beijing. Make sure you explore the nearby streets.

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Geneva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Well worth the trip via the underground. We went early in the day, and the crowds were not too dense.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've always wanted to visit the Lama Temple since the first time in Beijing. But every time I am in Beijing I have better things to see and do. It is one of the best Buddhist temples I've seen in Beijing. I love the surrounding area, but was a little disappointed in the complex. I am not Buddhist and don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Lama Temple is really easy to get to via the subway (it has its own stop) without the need of a tour guide though like most Beijing attractions, you can rent an audio guide for a fee with deposit (see photos). My friend and I visited on a weekday a few hours before closing (4 or 4:30 pm depending on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Lama Temple is worthy of a visit if you have ample sightseeing time. Personally, I would put many things ahead of it, in fact, we enjoyed perusing the neighborhood shops and vendors more than the Temple itself, including the KFC (just looking at the menu was FUN!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Go early to avoid the crowds. Take time walk through the whole complex. Remember not to take photos inside the Pagodas. Smell the insence burning and see the beautiful architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

As a non Buddhist, it's a historical site for visit. Lots of temples within grounds. It's not as big a ground to cover in comparison to summer palace and forbidden city. You could finish it within 1 hr time frame. A side track from the usual tourist route as the visitors are mainly locals who go there for praying. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Excellent, amazing place. Well worth a whole day visit. Also really good value for money as you get to keep a video of the temple which is given to you on entry.

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