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“Overrated” 2 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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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
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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“Overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Lama Temple (Yonghe Lamasery) is huge temple situated near the Confucius Temple and the Imperial Academy (they are all located at the northeastern side of Beijing). It looks so grand from outside, but when I entered it I found a temple that wasn't much more special than others I've seen in Beijing, got bored and finished my visit there quite quickly. It's full of tourists compared to other places, full of smoke and just feels like it's there for the tourists. I entered it right after seeing the Confucius Temple and, to be honest, was much more impressed from the small, Confucius Temple than from the huge Lama Temple.

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“great energy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

great energy and i recommend having a guide for this since there is so much symbolism that you'd never know unless someone told you. make sure to spin the metal wish cylinder 3 times clockwise and make a wish. i also recommend getting some incense to take home and also burn there. you're not supposed to take pics inside the buildings because it's considered disrespectful

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“The real deal - not just another tourist attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Easily reached by subway, this is a glorious temple that is actually used daily as a temple. Attended by monks and caretakers, this is the real deal with a small (token) entrance fee.

Sure there are the standard shops throughout but on the day we went there were no tour groups to contend with. We visited whilst it was snowing and it was beautiful. As you progress through the temple, the alters become grander and more elaborate - the room where the monks congregate was especially ornate.

This is a place for the soul as well as for your camera. There is also a service where a monk blesses any items you would like to present - its on the right about half way through.

Whilst you are there, try the vegetarian restaurant opposite the Confucius Temple which is located down the side street next to the Lama temple. They offer al la carte and a pretty good buffet for 78 yuan each and the manager speaks fluent English.

There are temples galore in Beijing and most are for tourists, the Lama temple is different, its a special place.

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“Lama Temple great any time of the year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Despite a chilling snow that just blanketed the Beijing area, I decided to check out the Lama Temple just on the north corner of the 2nd ring - we took the subway to the stop that has the same name on the #2 line (also on the #5 line). Very quickly nearly everyone and every shop is selling incense for the Buddhist followers to purchase in order to pay homage to the Buddhas. One of the first things I noticed after entering the gate which is located on the south side of the temple grounds is how quiet and content the area was just after being on the bustling streets. Despite the chill, the grounds were beautiful with the new blanket of snow. The entry fee was a nominal 25RMB. I would also suggest investing in the 50RMB audio player which uses proximity locaters to generate each message. The grounds are well maintained and the buildings are beautiful. The giant Buddha is impressive in one of the giant three story halls. Despite the cold, we took about 2.5 hours time to tour the entire temple area and we were not rushed so I would expect this to be a common amount of time to allocate to the visit. Again - well worth the time but be aware that the temple closes at 4-5pm.

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“A Tibetan Temple in Beijing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The Lama Temple is at the N-E corner of the 2nd Ring Road, and well within the city limit. Taxi can get you there easily or you can use the subway system. It is a feast for the eyes. Definitely worth a visit if you are curious about anything Tibetan.

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