Yonghe Lama Temple

Attraction 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China Published on: 09-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
3.69 USD

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Yonghe Lama Temple contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world, combining Han Chinese and Tibetan styles temple building and artworks.

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Why Yonghe Lama Temple is special ?

Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple; Yonghe Lamasery) is the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing. It was built in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as the residence of the Emperor Yongzheng (the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty) before he ascended the throne. In the year 1744, the residence was completely converted into a lamasery. So this resplendent architectural complex is endowed with the style of an imperial palace, making it distinctive from others. It occupies an area of 66,400 square meters (16 acres) and is described as a mini-palace with yellow glazed tiles on the roof and red walls circling the group of buildings.

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What to explore at Yonghe Lama Temple?

On arrival at the south end, the visitor will enter a yard which contains a screen wall and three Paifangs (Gateways), and will observe the red walls and stone lions, symbols which show that it was originally the dwelling of an Imperial Family member. Entering north from the Gateways, the visitor will be confronted by a wide straight road which was used for the carriages of the emperors and their wives during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). At the northern end of this road is Zhaotaimen (Gate of Peace Declaration), which comprises three large archways, the central one of which was for the exclusive use of the emperors.

Passing through Zhaotai Gate the visitor will enter the second yard which contains a Drum Tower on the western side and a Bell tower on the eastern side, and in front of these towers are two octagonal Stele Pavilions. Words by Emperor Qianlong were carved in the stele explaining the traditional and historical reasons that dwellings formerly used by Imperial Family members must later be changed to temples.

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How to get to Yonghe Lama Temple?


Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong Station, get out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 400 meters, then you'll find it on the east side of the road.

Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong Station, and get out of the station from Exit C (Southeast Exit).

Bus Route:

Take bus 13, 116, 117 or 684 and get off at Yonghegong Station.

Take bus Te 2, Te 12, 909, 116, 684, 62, 13, 44, 18, 75, and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Dong Station.

Take bus 117, 125, and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Bei Station.

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Selling points

  • The largest wooden Buddha in the world
  • Bright and spacious front structural layout
  • Carved murals, statues and decorated archways
  • Beautifully interwoven, a picturesque architecture.
  • Worship place to the Buddha
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12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China

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Tips for you

  • Souvenirs may be purchased by negotiation in it, and the incenses for sale here are perfect.
  • A lot of the visitors are Buddhists who are there for religious reasons.
    What to see
  • Definitely make sure to go with a tour guide as there is a lot of history
    What to bring
  • You should bring plenty of cash because this temple does not accept Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • You should ask permission if you want to take photos inside temple.
  • If you like to see splendors of past Kings/Emperors then this is the place to visit.
  • You should wear the polite clothes in the reverent place.
    What to wear
  • After visiting the Lama Temple, one can also go to the Confucius Temple, which is in the neighborhood and of high cultural and historical value.
    Things nearby
  • Xian Lao Man nearby is one of Beijing's best noodle restaurants.
    Things nearby


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An active site of worship, walk through clouds of incense and layers of temple to see the intricate and grand Buddha statues.

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I loved this place. We visited it after returning from our trip out to the Great Wall and still had plenty of time to see everything here. It's truly amazing, the amount of detail that was put into these historical buildings. *The 26 meter tall Buddha carved from ONE PIECE of Sandalwood is incredible. The surrounding area is filled with great little shops selling Buddhist items, all for good prices. (I guess you could bargain, but would you bargain for other religious items?) There's also a Great vegetarian buffet right down the street with spicy food that can challenge even the most hardcore spicy food eaters (like myself).

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