Yonghe Gong, Beijing, China

Yonghe Gong, aka the "Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple", or simply the "Lama Temple", is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. A royal residence until 1744, the palace was converted into a lamasery for monks from Tibet and inner Mongolia. While seemingly an active Buddhist center today, it is also a front for propaganda on how China guarantees religious freedom of the minorities. The monks seem far from genuine; in 1995, the puppet Panchen Lama chosen by the Chinese state was swon in here, soon after the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama mysteriously "disappeared" and remains missing. (Read more, official plaque)

Tibetan Lama Temple

Courtyard scene

Laughing Buddha

Inside the complex

One of many halls

One of many shrines


Another shrine

Complex buildings

Bronze statue of the ...

... founder of the Yellow
Hat sect of Buddhism

Hall of the Wheel of Law
(1, 2)

Tibetan dieties (more)

Local dieties

Yansui pavilion with
Lotus throne

Giant Maitreya Buddha

Wanfu pavilion wall detail

Yongkang Pavilion

Feng Shui Lion

Entrance Gate

Ornate Gate near entrance


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