Lama Temple is a gem. My favorite spot in Beijing. I spend some time in Beijing recently. Not my favorite city. Bad traffic and bad air, hordes of people, I find it hard to evening enjoy the vast history of the country’s capital city.
On my first trip to Beijing in 2009 I had a day off to roam the streets., I saw the usual stuff, the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square, wandered through a couple of hutongs. Typical stuff. I spotted Lama Temple, aka Yonghe Temple, aka Yonghe Lamasery and ended my day there. I do love me a good temple. From the craziness of Beijing, the place is a lovely respite. If you can overlook the tour buses and crowds, it does offer an interesting experience.
The highlight of the Lama Temple is the 26m tall sandalwood carving of in the Maitreya Buddha in the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses. The Hall of the Wheel of the Law is a large hall used for services and chanting. If you’re lucky enough to attend during such a event, it is something you will never forget. I try to visit Lama Temple when I’m in Beijing.
The above shot was one I wanted to get two years ago. It proved too difficult with my DSLR. With my Fuji X-T1 and it’s folding LCD screen, I was able to snatch a few photos, hidden from the watchful monk in the corner. This little camera continues to amaze me. To all I say: Yes, believe the hype.