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Lama Temple (Yonghegong) Tours

The Lama Temple (Yonghegong), one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples outside Tibet, began as a palace for Emperor Yongzheng before he became the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Today, the resplendent temple, with its halls, courtyards, ponds, and bronze mandala, is a lamasery for some two dozen Tibetan monks.
 
The Basics
If you only have time to visit one temple in Beijing, make it the Lama Temple (the Temple of Heaven isn’t really a temple). Inside you'll find five large halls, ornately decorated with Buddha statues in various incarnations, murals, and carvings. Many Beijing sightseeing tours include a visit to the temple, along with other Beijing attractions, such as the Summer Palace, Panda Garden, Jingshan Park, Beijing Zoo, and historic hutongs, depending on the option chosen.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Lama Temple is a must-see for those with an interest in history, architecture, or religion.
  • Allow yourself an hour to 90 minutes to tour the temple grounds.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Remember this is a functioning temple for Tibetan Buddhism, so be respectful of the worshippers.
  • Beijing tours that include the Lama Temple often last more than eight hours.
 
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Lama Temple is to take the Beijing Subway (Line 2 or Line 5) to Yonghegong Station and take Exit C. From there, it’s just a short walk to the temple entrance.
 
When to Get There
The Lama Temple is open daily throughout the year with slightly reduced hours between November and March. While there’s no need to book a ticket in advance, it’s a good idea to arrive early in the morning before the tour buses. Avoid visiting on Chinese national holidays.
 
The Halls of Lama Temple
The Lama Temple complex comprises five main halls. Statues of the Future Buddha stand guard within the Hall of Heavenly Kings, while Past, Present, and Future Buddhas occupy the Hall of Harmony. A highlight for many is the 85-foot (26-meter) statue of Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood, on display in the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Fortunes.

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Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

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Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.99
Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour, Beijing, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour

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Visit the Lama Temple which was built in 1694, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Then take a rare opportunity ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.99
Beijing Day Tour of the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo and the Lama Temple, Beijing, City Tours
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Beijing Day Tour of the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo and the Lama Temple

Visit some of Beijing’s most iconic sights including: The Temple of Heaven, the giant pandas in Beijing’s Zoo, and the Lama Temple. This tour will give you an ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Beijing City Coach Tour: Hutongs, Beijing Zoo and Lama Temple

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Join in this coach tour to explore the ancient capital of Beijing both old and new: see cuddly giant pandas at Beijing Zoo, hop on a rickshaw and ride through ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Ancient Beijing Beijing Hutong Lama Temple Jingshan Park and Olympic Stadium by bus, Beijing, City ... 
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Enjoy a full day tour where you will see the ancient side of Beijing as well as its new Olympic sites. Sit on a rickshaw and explore the hutongs to experience ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private Day Tour: Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, Lama Temple and Hutong, Beijing, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Day Tour: Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, Lama Temple and Hutong

This family-friendly private day tour offers a comprehensive overview of Beijing. Explore Summer Palace royal park, see the giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, ...  Read more

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This is a walking tour that begins in Lama Temple and ends on Zhangzizhong Lu . It is a historical tour and focuses mainly on traditional Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
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Private Half-Day Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple Tour by Metro

Utilizing public transportation to make for easy access to famous religious attractions Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple in Beijing City. From this 4-hour ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
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This 6-hour private walking tour takes you on a deep dive into the rich culture of Beijing. Visit the Prince Gong's Mansion (Gong Wang Fu), the house of ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Beijing Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, and Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Beijing, Bus & ... 
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Private Beijing Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, and Hutong Rickshaw Ride

Stroll ancient alleyways, inhale the incense fumes of historic temples, and ride a rickshaw through the city streets on this 8-hour private tour of Beijing. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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