Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lama Temple Revisited

雍和宮

The last time we were at the Lama Temple, the weather in Beijing was dire - cold with an unrelenting drizzle.

Lama Temple, Beijing

Now the spring weather in Beijing is perfect.

The Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong) is one of Beijing's most visited religious sites and still an important functioning Tibetan temple.

Lama Temple, Beijing

Don't miss the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Fortunes which houses the huge statue of Maitreya (the buddha of the future) carved from a single block of sandalwood. The statue was given to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong by the Tibetan Dalai Lama in 1750. The pavilion was built later to shelter the image.

Yonghe Gong
12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 6404 4499
Admission 25 yuan
Daily: 9am-5pm
Nearest subway station Yonghegong on the Circle Line

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