Lama Temple

Yonghe Lama Temple is the most important Buddhist Temple and spiritual centre in Northern China. In 1694, it was constructed as a residence for court eunuchs and then a prince who became the Yongzheng Emperor. Later, it became a residence for Tibetan Buddhist monks and so developed into the national centre of lama (teacher) administration. It is an active place of worship attracting pilgrims who meditate, pray and burn incense offerings. The Temple of Confucius was dedicated in 1302. Inside the temple are hundreds of stone tables given to honour thousands of scholars. The Imperial College was the leader in a network of advanced colleges from the 6th century AD and includes a hall where the emperor offered his advice and teachings. As both the temple and college are on the same site, you only need to purchase one ticket. The grounds are a tranquil retreat which, although refurbished, gives a profound feel for China’s history and Confucian traditions. The Temple of Earth (also referred to as the Ditan Park) was developed in 1530 by Emperor Jia Jing during the Ming Dynasty. The 40 hectare features lush gardens and tree lined paths. The Temple symbolizes the Earth and its construction mirrors these beliefs with its many square walls and altars. To finish exploring, walk down Wudaoying Hutong with a range of cool, contemporary cafes, restaurants, fashionable boutiques and rocking night spots. It’s great for vegetarian food and also the heart of the independent music scene.      

We recommend 9 businesses for Lama Temple


Champion Spa
Champion Spa
1st Floor, 28 Dongzhimenwai Street
Ph: 133-1139-7707
Open: 10:00 - 22:00

Hua’s Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant
235 Dongzhimennei Street
Ph: 139-1192-1314
Open: Daily 11-10

Hua’s Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant at Guijie
八爷府 花家店
No.55 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10

Hua’s Crayfish Restaurant
5 Dongzhimennei Street
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10

Paddy O'Shea's
28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Ph: 135-2237-7412
Open: Daily 10am-late

The Distillery by Capital Spirits
23 Xinsi Huntong, Dongcheng District
Ph: 131 2685 5196
Open: 8pm-late

That's Beijing
9G, Bldg C, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie

Culture Yard
No.10 Shique Hutong
Open: 9am-late

Hot Cat Club
46 Fangjia Hutong
Ph: 010-64007868
Open: 10am-12pm

More Lama Temple businesses


Cafe de la Poste
58 Yonghegong Dajie
Ph: 6402 7047
Open: Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm-12am

Bars and Clubs

V.A Bar
13 Wudaoying Hutong
Ph: 5844 3638
Open: Daily 2pm-late


Vineyard Cafe
31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple)
Ph: 6402 7961
Open: Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

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