LAMA TEMPLE (YONGHE GONG)

Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong)

Beijing, China

Although today it is the biggest lamasery in China, it was originally built in 1694 to be the residence of the Prince of the Qing Dynasty (who will later become Emperor Yongzheng). It was upgraded to a lamasery in 1744 and today it is known as the Harmony and Peace Palace Lamasery.

The Lama Temple has a total of five grand halls and courtyards, including the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Hall of Harmony and Peace, and the Hall of the Wheel of the Law. You can also see numerous items that belong to Tibetan Buddhist art, including murals and sculptured images of Buddhas, demons, and gods.

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