Lama Temple (Yonghegong)#8 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
Originally an imperial residence, this "lamasery" (a monastery for Lamaist monks) features decadent gateways and intricate artwork. You'll immediate notice the rigid symmetry of the complex, which derives from the imperial architectural style. As the seat of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing, you'll see this temple of prayer is still used by religious followers, so be respectful.
The humble grandeur of the Lama Temple and its accompanying buildings impresses many visitors. One TripAdvisor user remarks, "Amongst the many lovely and interesting things to see is the 18m tall Buddha statue carved from a single trunk of the sandalwood tree."
You can reach Lama Temple by taking subway Lines 2 or 5 to Yonghegong Station. Admission is 25 CNY (about $4 USD), and visitors are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
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