The Yonghe Temple (雍和宫 – “Palace of Peace and Harmony”), also known popularly as the Lama Temple, is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism located in the Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. Formerly an imperial palace, later converted into a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, the Lama Temple is one of Beijing’s most famous monasteries.
Even though we have now been to Beijing a handful of times, we had not yet been to this temple. With our passport paperwork admitted and the rest of the weekend free, we took to doing a bit of exploring while we were in the capital city. The Lama Temple was our first stop on this Saturday morning.
Just beyond the main gates of the temple is a beautiful tree-lined pathway leading to the entrance. No doubt, in both Spring an Autumn, this must be a spectacular spot! Entrance to the temple was pretty cheap (roughly 20rmb per adult). Inside our ticket was a miniature CD, which we presumed was for the tours that can also be paid for at the gate.
Want to check out the Lama Temple? It is located in Beijing’s Dongcheng District, near the northeastern corner of the Second Ring Road. Lines 2 and 5 of the Beijing Subway both stop at Yonghegong Lama Temple Station, as do a number of city buses. The postal address is: 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing.