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“Another unexpected site.”

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
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Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient...
Ranked #13 of 1,567 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

When we booked the tour to include this temple, the guide book we used did not give it high reviews. To us, it was overwhelming since it is still a religious site where people are actively engaged in worship. A truly unique experience.

Thank CharlesRaleigh_NC
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Enjoyed some quiet time at the Lama Temple. It has some beautiful halls and gardens. It's easy to acces by the subway and the local area is pleasant place to walk, along tree-lined hutongs. More seating within the temple compound would be good.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

It may be credited to the fact that this was one of the first places visited in Beijing however, I can definetly say that I had far more fun in the Lama temple than in the Forbidden City and Summer Palace combined. Eventually, 95% of the temples in Beijing look the same in architecture, and here at least the individual shrines are adorned a little different, there are well written and placed plaques in English, several types of buddhas and other deities and Tibetian Buddhist monks chanting and helping the people pray and burn incense. Though it's funny to read how apparently all the Lamas worked for the unification of China, looking past this, this was one of the best Buddhist temples in Asia IMO.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

because it is not that different than many other similar temples in tibet and china . i mean its nice - but not more

Thank yakir1
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

One of the most interesting historical sites in Beijing, I have seen a lot of Buddist temples in Thailand , but I think this surpasses them, It is on a relatively compact site, but walk through court yard to coutyard and the temples get more and more impressive.

Thank Wayne B
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