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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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Address: No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
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+86 10 6404 4499
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan yellow-sect...

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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The architecture and overall setting of this obviously historical temple was very interesting. The relatively early morning sunlight and remarkably clear sky made for some very... read more

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Albany, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The architecture and overall setting of this obviously historical temple was very interesting. The relatively early morning sunlight and remarkably clear sky made for some very interesting photos of the temple's exterior.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This the official temple of buddhists agreed upon by the Chinese government, No Tibet there. Nice serie of small temples, with a must see of the last one and tall statue closed in, 3 stories high. DOnt forget to take a few encens sticks (free) and burn them on the autel at the front. Dont forget to pray to the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was interesting to learn and walk through this temple. As it is easily reachable in Beijing there were many people there. While I enjoyed walking around and learning about its unique history it did seem very different from other temples in Asia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love Buddhist temples and this one is a great one with lots to see and it goes on and on. Colours are exceptionally vivid on a sunny day and the smells of incense strong throughout the complex. There was very little monk activity the Sunday afternoon we went, but we still enjoyed it enormously.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice temple with great views. It will be a good activity for a half day and you can finish by going to the Drum temple or the hutongs that are around the are

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of hours here wandering around the grounds and enjoyed it very much. It is a very traditional and picturesque temple. If you use the metro station Yonghegong station Exit C on Yonghegong Street. The temple is not well sign posted so when exiting the station turn left and the temple entrance is about 100 metres on Yonghegong... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is amazing the devotion of the people. The incense is giving at the entrance so that you can light it and pray. It is a good idea to walk inside as there are other places to pray as well.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing many temples around China and some more authentic Tibetan temples in Tibet, we were not so impressed by this place. But for a first visit in China, especially in Beijing, one should totally visit. Learning a bit more about the Hindu Buddhism and how it got spread to China would make your visit here more interesting. There are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another Chinese temple, however the colours and architecture of this country continue to amaze! Take water, good waking shoes and rug up in winter. Certainly worth a visit if you don't mind crowds and a bit of jostle. Visiting on the day of the 'Incense Ceremony' may have been a little unplanned, but none the less - a must when... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite stunning temples, well kept. Lots of people praying and lighting incense. Easy access for people with limited mobility.

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