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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.      
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We recommend 9 businesses for Lama Temple

 

Champion Spa
Champion Spa
1st Floor, 28 Dongzhimenwai Street
东直门外大街28号港湾国际一层
Ph: 133-1139-7707
Open: 10:00 - 22:00
 

Hua’s Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant
八爷府·花家店
235 Dongzhimennei Street
东直门内大街235号
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
北京市东城区北新桥头条55号
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10
 

Hua’s Crayfish Restaurant
花家龙虾馆
5 Dongzhimennei Street
东直门内大街5号
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10
 

Paddy O'Shea's
爱尔兰酒吧
28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
东直门外大街28号
Ph: 135-2237-7412
Open: Daily 10am-late
 

The Distillery by Capital Spirits
首都酒坊
23 Xinsi Huntong, Dongcheng District
辛寺胡同23号
Ph: 131 2685 5196
Open: 8pm-late
 

That's Beijing
城市漫步
9G, Bldg C, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie
东直门外大街48号东方银座C座9G
 

Culture Yard
天井越洋
No.10 Shique Hutong
东直门石雀胡同10号
Open: 9am-late
 

Hot Cat Club
北京热力猫音乐俱乐部
46 Fangjia Hutong
东城区方家胡同46号
Ph: 010-64007868
Open: 10am-12pm

More Lama Temple businesses

Restaurants

Cafe de la Poste
云游驿
58 Yonghegong Dajie
雍和宫大街58号
Ph: 6402 7047
Open: Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm-12am

Bars and Clubs

V.A Bar
13 Wudaoying Hutong
五道营胡同13号
Ph: 5844 3638
Open: Daily 2pm-late

Restaurants

Vineyard Cafe
葡萄院儿
31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple)
五道营胡同31号
Ph: 6402 7961
Open: Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

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