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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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Address: No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
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Phone Number: +86 10 6404 4499
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A series of beautiful pavilions comprise this Mongolian-Tibetan yellow-sect...

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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Mixed feelings, but worth the visit

The Lama Temple is the biggest Tibetan Temple in Beijing. It isn’t one temple, but an entire complex with multiple temples. When you enter they give a small box with incense... read more

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Lama Temple is the biggest Tibetan Temple in Beijing. It isn’t one temple, but an entire complex with multiple temples. When you enter they give a small box with incense sticks inside, so you can burn them in front of the temples in appreciation of the Buddha. You can also offer them in the other temples. For that there... More 

Thank paukie
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After the madness of central Beijing, this is a wonderful place. Still a working temple. Such a feeling of peace. We were in Beijing for 5 days and did a lot of temples and palaces, but this one is the best

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Found the temp,e quiet easy to get to on the subway. It was very crowded even on a weekday and the incense burning it pretty intense. Walk around the temple there is plenty to see and lots of extra rooms to look at old treasure I'd suggest you hit the hutons for some great food, or even a drink after... More 

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Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very impressive Tibetan Buddist temple, the second biggest in the world. It's a very impressive place indeed - the highlight is probably the huge wooden Buddha statue in the main hall. But what really sets this place apart from the other main sights in Beijing is the fact that this place is mostly visited by worshippers, rather than tourists.... More 

Thank teturtia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An active temple in the middle of Beijing is totally unexpected, but then this temple has an extraordinary history. It was once the home of a prince who became the emperor . It was saved from the Red Guards by the Premier Chou en lai himself. It is certainly a site worth visiting.

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Busan, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here with a private guide so transportation was easy since we had a car and driver. Traffic being what it is in Beijing, it took a long time to get here after visiting the Hutong area. We visited late afternoon so it was not too crowded. The setting of the temple is lovely. But to be honest, temples... More 

Thank Laura H
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Check this place before you "temple out". It is a unique experience to mingle with the practicing buddhists, light the incense (included in the price of the entry) and submerge yourselves in a midst of it. unfortunately we were not able to see the Maitreyan 18m tall Buddha due to renovation of the area (written in Mandarin, so we were... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not all temples are the same. We have lost count of those we have visited and each and everyone is different.

Thank Shane54_12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, operational temple. We opted to pay for the audio tour (50 RMB with a 100 RMB deposit) and it was well worth it if you are interested in knowing a bit more than just the name and general use of the buildings. Entrance includes a complimentary box of incense.

Thank Lauren V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mere size of the Buddhas is impressive. To see so many worshipers, smell the incense and feel the energy of this place is worth the trip whether you are a Buddhist or not. Historical site. Worth visiting. The surrounding small stores outside the Temple as amazing with such gild and shrines to take home like I have never seen... More 

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