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“dissapointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
010-64044499
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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“dissapointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This temple looks like it will be amazing from the outside with it's big red walls. But once inside there is a serious of small pavillions for worship and inside these it so dark you can barely see a thing.

Would not recommend going out of the way to visit.

Visited November 2012
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“Skip it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you've ever been to any other temple in your life then you can skip this. It was nice, but truly was nothing to write home about.

Visited November 2012
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“Relic of religious past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Very few lama assist here now but the statues and buildings are a fascinating reminder of China's past and present. We bought incense and joined people lighting it and praying. We found it a good idea to give ourselves time limits on visiting sites so we could see more. This one is close to the subway which makes it easy to reach.

Visited October 2012
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“Don't miss it, even you cynical "what's another temple" types”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Yes, visiting temples does get boring. But this one really is outstanding. It's pretty compact, you don't need hours to see it, people actually use it to do temply things, and it has a street opposite the gate with great western cafes where you can get a real coffee (and no I am not referring to Costa Coffee over the road, but to cafes like the Vineyard and others on Wudaoying Hutong. And there's a subway station right there, so you don't have any excuse not to go.

Get there early or a little later to beat the crowds. Go inside, and try to just let it wash over you. Who cares if you don't understand what each Buddha statue sympbolises? Just enjoy the experience of being there and if you have even a slightly open mind, you'll probably find the experience a worthwhile one.

This, Temple of Heaven, and Forbidden City (plus the Great Wall) are really the only must-see cultural sites in Beijing. It's very different in scale and in feeling to the TOH and FC, too.

Then cross the road, get lunch & coffee somewhere on Wudaoying (the first hutong south of the 2nd ring, so it's a little north and across the road from the main gate to Lama Temple).

Visited October 2012
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“Another temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Most of the temple structures are similar. Probably great influence from Ming and Qing (or whatever's left aft the revolution). Good to visit if you like old chinese structures and historical stuff. Otherwise, seems like most of the temple structures are very similar.
An interesting fact to know that Lama Temple was one of those religious places saved from the cultural revolution.

Visited September 2012
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