Friday 8 January 2016


5. Yonghe Lama Temple, Beijing

Yonghe Lama Temple

Yonghe Lama Temple is located in the northeast of Beijing with a combination of traditional Chinese and Tibetan architectures. It is the largest and the best-preserved lama temple in China.

Yonghe temple was initially built as the residence of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1911), and then became the center of nation-wide lama administration.

The structure of Yonghe Lama Temple is complicated, because there are many gates and halls in the temple. The Hall of Harmony and Peace is the main room of Yonghe Lama Temple, containing three bronze Bodhisattva statues.

During the Spring Festival a temple fair is held in the temple. Thousands of travelers and pilgrims come to the temple to pray for the New Year and enjoy Chinese traditional folk culture.

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