Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lama Temple

Finally visited the 300-year old Lama Temple this afternoon. It's the largest Buddhist temple in Beijing and one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Built in 1694, it has the usual series of ever-bigger halls on a north-south axis, culminating in the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses which has a 26m tall Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood - which I believe is some kind of (Guinness) record. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say Seen One Seem Them All, there were no great surprises.

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