Within Beijing’s Dongcheng district, you will discover the serene surrounds of the Lama Temple, otherwise known as the Yonghe Temple, the Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, amongst other decorated monikers. Visit the temple as part of your stay at one of the luxury serviced apartments in Beijing which you will discover in abundance, and the Ascott Raffles City Beijing features quite a few Beijing serviced apartments that are excellent for long and short term stays in the city. The beautiful Lama Temple in Beijing’s bustling Dongcheng district is a must-visit on any cultural itinerary. Its exquisite pagoda-style roofs are poised elegantly over expansive halls such as the Hall of the Heaven Kings, which houses a stunning statue of the Maitreya Buddha as well as impressive effigies of the 4 heavenly kings of legend. The Hall of Harmony and Peace enshrines three magnificent bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages, a must-visit site. The other halls are also harbours of beautiful statues of deities from Buddhist lore, such as the White Sandalwood statue of Maitreya Buddha that measures 26m, and the Five Hundred Arhat Hill is another exquisite feature on the temple grounds that must be witnessed firsthand. Enjoy the serenity of this sacred locale and engage in some deep reflection to clear the mind and find your centre.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.