Posted by Avieira67
Lama Temple or Yonghe Lamasery is nowadays the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in China.
Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this building was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.
Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.
Posted by mccrorj
Wonderful experience. Peaceful, quiet an oasis in the middle of a busy city. I spent a couple of hours just wandering around the numerous alters in this complex, people watching. There is a spot at the very back ot the temple were you can get away from the crowds and look back through a haze of burning incense. I have to say it was clearly one of the highlights for me in this city. Having visited many temples in the far east this was the most impactive. Not the prettiest but there is definitely an atmosphere in which I got caught up. If you've got time to visit one active temple in Beijing make it this one.