The Lama Temple (Yong He Gong) Tours – Beijing, China

The Lama Temple (Yong He Gong)


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No. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, Beijing
Hours : 9:00am to 4:30pm

About this place

Yonghegong (‘Palace of Eternal Harmony’) is a Tibetan Buddhist temple belonging to the Yellow Hat sect of Lamaism.  The temple, which was built in 1694, is one of the most well-known Tibetan Buddhist temples in China (outside of Tibet itself). Before being converted to a temple, it served as a palace for the son of Emperor Kangxi until he ascended the throne.  The monastery was closed during the Cultural Revolution and many of the monks were sent away to work as labourers in rural areas.  It  reopened in the early 80s. Although the living quarters of approximately 70 monks at the monastery are not open to the public, you are likely to catch a glimpse of some of them wandering around the halls or courtyards.
The monastery has five halls, or pavilions, which are connected by five interleading courtyards, each of which houses a statue of the Buddha as well as a treasury of Buddhist art and statues.  The smell of incense pervades and a trail of incense smoke lingers, as the courtyards have large incense burners where worshippers can be seen offering incense sticks.
The Pavilion of Ten Thousand Fortunes, the final hall located at the rear of the monastery, houses a 25 metre high upright Buddha statue which is carved from a single piece of Tibetan sandalwood.  Despite its size, this giant Buddha in no way feels imposing, and is instead friendly and welcoming.  It is truly a spectacular sight.
It is not permitted to take photographs in many of the halls.
Link: The Confucius Temple is just a 5 minute walk from Yonghegong.

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By Julia Zhu,

Tours and events, Interpreting across China starting from USD120


Remember not to take any photoes inside the buildings especially of the buddha images, unlike other countries in Asia, it's not allowed here.
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By Gedeon,

French and English Guide from Switzerland!


<p>Don't buy the incense outside as there're free ones inside the temple.</p>
A place to get to know the Tibetan Buddsim

By LucyLiu,

Well-trained Beijing guide and tour operator


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You need bargain when buying something there.

By Dorisica1990,

FEEL CHINA. It's beautiful and I'll help you taste it.


<p>You need bargain when buying something there.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-get-there"> <div class="field-label"><strong>How to Get There:&nbsp;</strong> <br /> Metro: Yong He Gong/Lama Temple (215, exit C)</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>
The Lama Temple is nice.



<p>I went to The Lama Temple last week, and It is nice as you guys said, but i didn't take any pictures since my camera was run out of battery, i still feel so disappointed though. <br /> And one thing i don't get it why it`s admission is quite high compare to other temples which are usually 5 Yuan or 10 Yuan at the most.</p>

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