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Review of Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
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Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour
Ranked #12 of 1,604 things to do in Beijing
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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.
Petrolia, Canada
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“Seen one, seen em all”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

I was just about 'temple'd' out by this time. This was about my 6th in China. It was not that the site was not well maintained, or well kept, but that I have seen enough. I am only good for so many cathedrals per trip. Same, same only different.

Visited January 2013
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“the biggest lama temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

ererything is well,but the tickets are a little expensive。bec this kind of temple should be open to people for free。 in order to let the people know more about the history

Visited October 2012
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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“Tranquility in the middle of chaos”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

The great thing about the Lama Temple in Beijing is the peace found here. Right outside the walls is the bustling traffic and crowds, but inside it is just pure tranquility. I love it here because it is something you can do in a short visit, an hour. Worth the time if you are in the area. Enjoy the historic hutongs right outside as well.

Visited October 2012
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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“Worthwhile visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Lama Temple was a beautiful place to see. The largest Buddha is here and it is breathtaking. People are there to light incense and pay homage to the buddha. Incense is available for purchase prior to coming into the complex. The buildings surrounding the temples are beautiful also. Give some time to see this incredible complex.

Visited January 2013
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“Visit this Temple, if you only visit one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

The National Geographic guide book was right, if you only have time to visit one temple in Beijing, visit this one. It's the only functioning Buddhist temple in the city. Any other temple you go to will be beautiful, empty, and as sterile as anything else in that city. If you've already been to Tibetan temples, you may be disappointed as you've seen the really real thing. Otherwise, check it out.

At the Lama Temple, you'll see devotees adding their incense and offerings to the alters and incense pots. While I wouldn't call it clean (the walls are covered with resin and ash left from all the incense), the resident monks keep it tidy. Outside the temple, the street is lined with Tibetan-looking shops selling incense and Buddhist trinkets. Do a little research on Tibetan Buddhism in China and the Panchen Lama. The background makes this a richer experience.

Visited January 2013
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