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Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
No.12 Yonghegong Street, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6404 4499
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Reviewed today via mobile

Not on the regular tour circuit but a great place to visit. The grounds are well maintained. Very pleasant place to visit. Lots of incense burning here. Please be respectful as this is an active temple. Largest Buddha according to Guinness Book carved from a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

lama temple is very authentic, located in old district of Beijing, go there during the week as weekends are pretty busy by chinese tourists and non chinese ones . This temple is the only that has been running for ages even during the culural revolution.

1  Thank azulyblu
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pretty easy to get to if you use the subway to Yonghegong Station (clearly stated on subway in English). I visited early in the morning when the temple opened at 09:00, before my departure flight, and was lucky enough to beat the crowds I passed...More

2  Thank Tony W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing visit and a major highlight of our visit to Beijing / Tianjin. IMO, this visit rivals the Forbidden City and that’s saying something! While there is no dress code, per se, I recommend that you plan on dressing appropriately (at least...More

1  Thank Larry P
Reviewed 1 week ago

if incense bothers you, be prepared as there is a lot used here. A beautiful property, well worth a visit. There is a very large buddha made out of one piece of white sandalwood. We took some great photos from this spot...photography is not allowed...More

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The real gem of this temple is the fifty-foot Buddha carving. This carving was made from a single piece of sandalwood that was floated up the river from Southeast Asia. The incense might be overpowering for those sensitive to scents. Overall, I loved the temple...More

1  Thank familiarandforeign
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just kidding, but on a crystal clear day, the smoke from all the josticks was a bit overpowering. In some ways like it be temples around China but the budda statues were very impressive especially the 15 metre giant carved from one piece of sandalwood....More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you keep moving forward throught the various temples of the complex you will come across a large golden seated buddha and and at the end a jaw dropping 5 storey high standing buddha in the tibetan style. The temples ceilings are intricately painted, walls...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short time needed to visit this gem. Believe the guidebooks that tell you it is one of the must do's in Beijing.

Thank RobVG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk into the temples was beautiful. The strong smell of incense hung in the air. I found it very difficult to breathe. However I did see the largest Budda in the world. It was very impressive. Pictures were prohibited inside the temples. It was...More

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August 23, 2018|
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Response from jacksonleungcs | Reviewed this property |
Many. all along the road across the main entrance
Helen L
January 28, 2018|
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Response from LondonHH72 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you could visit without one. But, I think going with a guide would be beneficial. That is what we did.
Beth R
December 28, 2017|
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Response from Suman R | Reviewed this property |
Lama Temple is very near to subway. so reaching there is fairly easy