This Buddhist temple is one of the most famous and important Buddhist temples in the city and a popular destination for both tourists and locals.
Into the temple
The temple’s main hall is home to two jade statues of the Buddha, the Sitting Buddha, and the Recumbent Buddha. The Sitting Buddha is 2.3 metres tall and is carved from a single piece of white jade. It is a representation of the Buddha as he attained enlightenment and is highly respected by followers of Buddhism. The Recumbent Buddha, also known as the “Nirvana Buddha”, is a representation of the Buddha’s passing and it is made out of the same piece of jade as the sitting Buddha.
Halls of the temple
The temple also features several other halls, each of which contains statues and artefacts of religious significance. The temple is also home to several pagodas, including the Five Hundred Arhats Pagoda, which is decorated with statues of the Buddha’s disciples. The temple also includes a vegetarian restaurant, a library, and a museum, which showcases Buddhism art and culture.
How to get there
Visiting Jade Buddha Temple is easy, it is located in Shanghai’s Putuo District, and the temple can be easily reached by taking subway line 13 and getting off at the Yufo Temple Station. If you are wondering where to stay in Shanghai for easier access, choose properties like Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai.
What to expect
The temple is open daily, and admission is free. It’s also possible to visit the temple on a guided tour, which will provide more information about the temple’s history and significance.