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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 1,245 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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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I was with my family visit this temple yesterday,is so peaceful place we enjoy there. i recommend everyone must visit this temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This was such a pleasure to go round, there was a calmness in the air. The temple was very interesting, however there was limited information written in English. Fortunately, one of my colleagues understood the Buddism so could explain who all the icons etc were. The temple was impeccably clean and well organised.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Visited last May. We visited as part of a tour. What a lovely place. Stunning architecture. A giant sandalwood Buddha holds pride of place. This is very much a busy place of worship for the locals. We were given incense to say a prayer - how lovely. It had a really nice feel to the place. Lots a ornate stone... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The real draw here is the incredible 26 metre Buddha, carved from a single sandalwood tree. It is astonishing. This makes the visit worthwhile. As you walk in through the gates you are given free bundles of incense. Locals and those who know what they are doing burn the incense and pray. We, like the other westerners, burned the incense... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The location is surprising, as from the entrance you would never expect a more beautiful temple. This should certainly be on your list of places to visit while in Beijing as the architecture is stunning, especially with the brightly lit colors of paint. The temple while visited by tourist is also a place where you commonly see many locals, praying... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Nice shade, beautifully kept facility. ACTIVE temple...must see for Beijing- near the Hutongs! There is shopping available in and around the temple.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was the home of the 4th Ming Emperor and later converted to a temple for Bhuddist monks. Lots of people worshipping there and lots to see. Try to get a tour from a guide who can tell you the history of the place.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went here after visiting Tibet and so have a differing opinion to others. If you have visited Tibet then this is a sub-par temple complex because it is extremely touristy. The complex is extremely busy and small. Furthermore, the decorations and Thankas were quite underwhelming. We bought an audio guide. It is an automatic one, which is supposed to... More

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Silver Spring, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is one of the beautiful cultural attractions of Beijing and certainly worth seeing. You don't have to be Buddha to enjoy and participate in worship of your own choosing (incense provided).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A tranquil haven in the middle of a bustling city.come out of the station and turn left , walk about 300 meters and you are there. The whole area is very Tibetan except for the absence of any mention of the Dalai Lama !! Recommend a visit , well presented and 40 yuan.

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