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Mistakes People Made about Lama Temple

Beijing has a diverse culture and a profound history. And the Buddhist culture is an important part of Chinese culture and there are plenty of Buddhist sights in Beijing. But there are some mistakes people make about the Lama Temple. The temple is not like any other Buddhist temples in Beijing. It is more related to the Tibetan Buddhism, very rare in Beijing.

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Mistake 1: Not a Palace Any More
Lama Temple used to be a prince palace in Qing dynasty. It is called Yonghegong in Chinese but it is not a palace any more. It has become the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing. Lama Temple has long been the largest Tibetan Buddhism Temple in Beijing. Covering an area of 66,400 square meters, it has long enjoyed a high prestige and a long history in China. It is used to be the Mansion of Prince Yong and converted as A Tibetan Buddhism temple during the reign of Qianlong in Qing dynasty. It consists of a series of palaces and halls, as well as a group of statues. The most outstanding attraction is no other than those wooden carving groups which enjoy a high prestige in the world. They undoubtedly have added more charms and a fascinating hue to Lama Temple. Moreover, there are a large number of old locust trees in this place.

Mistake 2: Not Normal Buddhism inside the Compound
You should not be surprised to find that the temple is different from the other temples you see in Beijing. Do not take it as a normal temple while visiting the compound on a day trip. Every year, there will be hosting a series of Buddhism ceremonies and rites in Lama Temple. At that time, thousands of monks will get together to pray or hosting some traditional ceremonies concerning Buddhism. In the meanwhile, a wide variety of vegetarian food will be available for the tourists. And if you happen to come across these ceremonies, you definitely should try some of the vegetarian food on your Lama Temple tour. On this tour, not only can you get a glimpse of the most splendid temple structures but also enjoy a cultural journey. This trip will get you closer to Buddhism and how those monks live. In this temple, you do not have to be a monk to feel extremely peaceful and at ease.

Overall, the Lama Temple is a great place to understand Tibetan Buddhism while visiting Beijing.