The Lama Temple

  • Chinese name: 雍和宫
  • Address: East of Lama Temple Road, Beijing
  • Address: 北京市雍和宫大街路东
  • Area: 66,400 square meters
  • Predecessor: Prince Yong’s Mansion
  • Established time: 1694
  • Suitable for playing seasons, all seasons
  • Suggested visiting time: 2-3 hours
  • Ticket price: 25.00 yuan
  • Opening hours: Winter and Spring: November 1 to March 31, 09:00-16:30; Summer and Autumn: April 1 to October 31, 09:00-17:00
  • Official phone number: 010-84191906
  • Official website:
  • Type:Royal monastery
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The Lama Temple

Lama Temple is a rare royal temple of the Gelug Sect (Yellow Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing. Historically, it was the residence of Yinzhen (Emperor Yongzheng), the fourth son of the Qing Emperor, and the birthplace of Emperor Qianlong. Later, it was changed to a Yellow Sect temple, and the incense was very prosperous. There are many precious ancient buildings and cultural relics in the temple, which are worth visiting.

Sino-Tibetan combination

One of the characteristics of Lama Temple as a temple is that it is a fusion of the two major schools of Buddhism, Chinese and Tibetan. When you visit Lama Temple, you can see the big belly Maitreya Buddha of Chinese Buddhism in the Temple of Heaven, and you can see it in the Falun Hall. See the bronze and gilt statue of Master Tsongkhapa of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, the arrangement of the Four Heavenly Kings in the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the “Third Buddhas” in the main hall of Lama Temple are also different from those in the Han Dynasty temples.

precious cultural relics

The Lama Temple also houses treasures donated to the royal family and the temple by the Tibetan local government in the Qing Dynasty (part of the collection can be seen in the two cultural relic exhibition halls of the Panchen Lama Building and the Jietai Building). There are many Buddha statues, thangkas and a large number of precious cultural relics in the halls of the temple. Among them, the Five Hundred Arhat Mountains carved with red sandalwood, the large Buddhist altar carved with golden nanmu and the 18-meter-high white sandalwood Buddha are the three wonders of the Lama Temple’s woodcarving craftsmanship. The Maitreya Buddha in the Wanfu Pavilion is the most famous. It is 18 meters above the ground and 8 meters buried underground. It is carved from a complete white sandalwood tree. The tree originated in Nepal and was later dedicated to Emperor Qianlong.

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The Lama Temple Travel Guide

tour route

The main building complex of Lama Temple is composed of archway, Zhaotai Gate (Shanmen Gate), Tianwang Hall, Lama Temple Hall, Yongyou Hall, Falun Hall, Wanfu Pavilion, Panchen Tower and Jietai Tower. There are also East and West Side Halls, ” Four School Hall” and other buildings. You can walk along the central axis to visit the Lama Temple. The roads in the scenic area are not complicated, and it is easy to find the temples.

Buddhist activities

In addition to the regular pujas in the mornings of the first, tenth, fifteenth, and thirtieth mornings of the lunar calendar, Lama Temple also holds major religious activities every year. During the rituals, the number of tourists and believers will increase a lot. For detailed Buddhist activities, please see the official website:

Attractions nearby

Lama Temple and Guozijian are separated by a road, very close; walk about 200 meters north from Lama Temple to Ditan Park; walk east for about 15 minutes, is Dongzhimen Street, also known as “Gui Street”, which is a restaurant in Beijing street.

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How To Get To The Lama Temple

By Taxi

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Practical Chinese:for taxi driver pls take us to BeiJing The Lama Temple 请载我们到雍王府

By Subway

Take Metro Line 2 or Line 5 and get off at Lama Temple Station.

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