- Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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One of the city's most popular attractions, the Jade Buddha Temple impresses visitors with its legion of statues. The temple was originally built to house two jade statues brought in from Burma. But over time, its collection of ornate statues grew, subsequently drawing crowds in droves. While you should definitely pay homage to the jade buddhas, there are other figures that merit your attention. In the Grand Hall, three golden Buddhas represent the incarnations of Buddha (past, present and future), while the Heavenly King Hall features four heavenly kings surrounding more buddhas, acting as divine protectors. There's also the Hall of the Reclining Buddha, which houses the second jade buddha statue, carved from a single piece of white jade. It's also worth noting that the temple is one of Shanghai's few active Buddhist monasteries, so many monks call this place home.
Recent visitors reported thoroughly enjoying their trip to the Jade Buddha Temple, calling the attraction both tranquil and beautiful. The artwork is awe-inspiring, with many travelers strongly suggesting future visitors take time to admire the uniqueness of the Jade Buddha. Photography of the buddha, however, is prohibited. And keep in mind that the temple does get quite busy, so try to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.
The temple welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Admission reportedly costs 20 yuan (about $3); however, there is an additional charge of 10 yuan (about $1.50) to enter the Jade Buddha chamber. The temple is located north of downtown Shanghai. To reach the site, take the metro to the Changshou Road Station. For more information, check out the tourism board's website.
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