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“Peaceful and Harmonious” 4 of 5 bubbles
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 1,603 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.
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“Peaceful and Harmonious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

The street from the metro station to the temple's entrance is full of shops selling incense. Once you enter the temple, however, you forget you're in a big city as it becomes so quiet.
People come here to worship and pray, even with the tourists milling about taking pictures of everything.
As you move from one hall to the next, the Buddha statues get bigger and more detailed until you reach the giant Buddha that is actually listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Here's a tip: When leaving the metro station, if your destination is the Lama Temple, do not cross the street and turn any corners. You'll end up at the Temple of Confucius. Just walk straight down. There will be signs pointing to the Lama Temple.

Visited March 2013
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“A real wonder in the City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This temple is definitely one of the most beautiful experience in Beijing. If you can visit only one thing, I strongly advise this site. The Lama is just in front of the metro station Yonghegong (line 4) and for 2 yuan the metro takes you there quickly and safely. I don't advise taxis, especially not during the Beijing rush hours, between 4-7. Even in the morning is very difficult. The temple also known as the 'Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple' not only a temple but one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. All the othes are unfortunately disappeared in Beijing. Take about 40 minutes for the visit, interesting to see local peop, there and Chineese tourists who lighten sandalwood or other incenses. You can buy it before entering the temple. There are severals temples in fact, you start with the first and then you arrive to the last and grandest of the five central halls which is the Wanfu Ge (Tower of Ten Thousand Happinesses). Here is the 18 m (!) tall statue of Maitreya (the future Buddha). Amazing. You can meet monks, too. There are always a lot of tourists, but nobody will be disapponted....if you do not have enough time and hesitating between the Temple of Heaven and the Lama, choose the Lama. Ad it is not because the Temple of Heaven is not worth or wonderful, it is , indeed, but the Lama is different and belongs more to the history and hidden culture of this amazing country.

Visited March 2013
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“Progressively more impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

As you go from section to section, the Buddhas get more and more elaborate, until you reach the giant one in the final temple. Interesting visit, but photos inside are prohibited, unfortunately.

Visited March 2013
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“Could be good or bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Depending if its your first or "N" visit to a buddhist temple in China you will find this very attractive and impresive (specially because of the huge buda statue inside of one of the several temples).
Or you will get bored saying "i've seen this already several times", it's not worth the money I payed.

Visited January 2013
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“A buddhist temple in the middle of Beijing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

This temple is quite large but lacks the 'spiritual feel' compared to buddhist temples in Tibet. It's interesting to experience it, but quite frankly I wouldn't want to come back.

Visited March 2013
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