Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Yonghegong Lama Temple • 3 min walk
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL252 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of the finest examples of a functioning Buddhist temple you will find in China. You will see many monks and worshippers burning incense to Buddha and get to walk in and through a number of buildings that the Emperor actually lived in during the 1750's AD. There are many different Buddhist statutes but the most impressive of all is a 50 ft tall wooden Buddha carved from a single sandlewood tree trunk. It is so big that the building had to be built around the Buddha after it had been moved into pace. Worth a look.
Written April 8, 2020
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
Oct 2020
An amazing Buddhist temple in the heart of Beijing. Beautiful temple complex was built in 1694. Formerly a prince's home, then a royal palace and finally becoming a temple in the mid-18 century. Lama Temple has beautiful grounds, amazing architecture and practicing monks. The architecture and layout of this place is really incredible, the giant sandalwood carved Buddha is particularly impressive. In this temple we can see also the bronze Buddhas of past, present, and future. Worth a visit if only to enjoy the peace and tranquility, and escape the noise of modern Beijing. One of my favorite spots in Beijing which I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.
Written September 29, 2021
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,652 contributions
Nov 2023 • Business
Had an hour to spare and local colleagues brought me here. A tibetan temple with 270 years of history. Marketed well and popular with young people praying for luck and love. Right at the end you see a 26m tall buddha carved out of a single piece of wood, rather astounding. Rather crowded on a sunday morning. I assume the crowds get worse during public holidays
Written November 18, 2023
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KW M
Belfast, UK556 contributions
Oct 2020
I have lived in China for several years, and perhaps I have grown complacent, but temples like this are through all Chinese cities. The architecture, the colours, the history and the landscaping are all lovely. If you have never been to a temple in China, or if you thoroughly enjoy them, go have a look, it is very easy to get to as the metro stops right there. If you have limited time, or if you have seen a few temple complexes before, you can skip it, Beijing has many more sites to explore.
Written October 6, 2020
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carlosv
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited the Lama Temple, Hutong, panda zoo, Jingshan Park, and Olympic Stadium in one day. We traveled the right time of the year. No crowds, no waiting in lines, and front row for everything. Jackson, our guide was amazing. Spoke very good English and he was very knowledgeable. We toured Hutong on a rickshaw and had lunch with a local family. No complaints when you get to tour like that. My wife and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended
Written January 25, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,977 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) (aka, Yonghe Temple and Yonghe Lamasery) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. During part of the 18th century, part of the building was used as an imperial palace for one of the emperor’s sons and the rest as a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The first buildings on the site were built in 1694. The more temples, monasteries, cathedrals, churches I visit around the world and see people practicing their respective faiths, the more similarities I see between the places of worship of the different faiths. This is an active place of worship. Entrance fee for adults if 25 RMB.

If going by the Beijing Metro (subway), get to Line 5 and exit at Yonghegong Station. From there, take Exit C to Lama Temple (Yonghegong). It is about a 400-metre walk.
Written January 2, 2019
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This Temple is one of the main attractions in Beijing, and this is well deserved.

Its architecture is beautiful and the atmosphere is not really touristic but solemnly religious.

You can be the judge of that by the pictures I have attached.

You are surrounded by the delicate smoke of the incense sticks ... By people praying ...
And as usual in China, at least as far as I could see, silence, order, no hustle bustle or pushing here...

The site is really special: you have there gardens, statues, more statues, flowers, hall of prayers, the very special atmosphere of the Temples we were looking to visit in China ...
So much different than our Western civilization.

Beijing, Shanghai and so many other Chinese city are becoming so modern so fast ... I have already written this in my other reviews ...

But here, In the Lama Temple you can find at least the Far atmosphere we were actually looking for when we decided to go visit China ...

If you like it as we do ... then do not miss the Lama Temple.
Written October 19, 2016
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Google Rinpoche
Jiaoxi, Yilan226 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I went to visit Lama Temple in 2015, and I was very impressed with the size of the temple, and I loved the Saint Zhongkarpa's Great Statues brought directly from Tibet by the Panchan Lama during the Qing Dynasty.

It was a great experience, and the incense was very helpful, amidst all the pollution in China's Capital City.

卍 Name OmAHom Benzar Guru Padma Sidhi Hom 卍

南无阿弥陀佛,

释演量 合十

^_^
Written May 13, 2018
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vmimartins
Guimaraes, Portugal1,536 contributions
Aug 2011
Another UNESCO World Heritage in China. Fortunately this temple has survived the “Cultural Revolution”. This is a must see. If you get bored in the firsts buildings, you must look and admire the main point of interest for non Buddhist : The Maitreya Buddha - Guiness Book of Records - 18meters tall and carved out of a single piece of white sandalwood tree). No words to describe it..

All rest is beautiful and peaceful – stroll around, burn some incense...enjoy
For us was an introduction to next place to visit - Tibet
Written September 14, 2011
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welltravelled0808
Atlanta, Georgia462 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
You are missing out if Lama Temple is not on your Beijing list. The temple is visually stunning but the atmosphere created by the space, people (practicing locals, tourists and monks), history, the smell of incense the sounds (praying, chanting if you are lucky on your timing) are one of a kind. We have been to many temples in Asia and Lama remains a favorite.
Written June 23, 2017
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