Yong He Gong, Beijing

5 May 2010 - 11:12pm Comments Off

The Yonghe Temple , also known as the “Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple”, the “Yonghe Lamasery”, or – popularly – the “Lama Temple” is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing, China. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.

Yong He Gong Lamasery

Building work on the Yonghegong Temple started in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. It originally served as an official residence for court eunuchs. It was then converted into the court of the Prince Yong (Yin Zhen), a son of the Kangxi Emperor and himself the future Yongzheng Emperor. After Yongzheng’s ascension to the throne in 1722, half of the building was converted into a lamasery, a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism. The other half remained an imperial palace.

Locals and pilgrims flock to Yong He Gong pay their respects

After Yongzheng’s death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng’s successor, gave the temple imperial status signified by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles which were reserved for the emperor. Subsequently, the monastery became a residence for large numbers of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet, and so the Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.

The Yamudaga Building

The temple is said to have survived the Cultural Revolution due to the intervention of Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. It was reopened to the public in 1981.

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Yong He Gong Lamasery

Lama Tsongkhapa in the Falun Dian (Hall of the Wheel of Law)

The statue stands 6m high and is made of bronze

Lifelike statue of past masters

Wanfu Ge (Tower of Ten Thousand Happinesses) which houses the 18m statue of Maitreya Buddha

The images in Yong He Gong are a combination of Han Chinese...

... and Tibetan styles

Yamantaka

Laughing Buddha

Statues such as this survived the cultural revolution

Namtose or Vaishravana

Antique Yamantaka

The Yong He Gong Temple remains a place of worship for the local Buddhist population

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