"From a Prince's Residence to Lama Temple" Lama Temple - Yonghegong Tip by chatterley

Lama Temple - Yonghegong, Beijing: 67 reviews and 156 photos

  Yong He Gong
by chatterley

Yonghegong was built in AD1694 by Emperor Kang Xi, as a residential palace for his fourth son - Prince Yong Zheng. After the death of Kang Xi, Yong Zheng became the Emperor (he ruled China from AD1723 to AD1735) and moved into the Forbidden City.

After Yong Zheng's death, his coffin was placed in Yonghegong for a brief period of time, and the roof tiles had to be changed to yellow ones (yellow is the colour which is used by the Emperor, the tiles were originally green). Another fact - Yong Zheng's son, Qian Long, was also born here, and he became the next successor to the throne.

The architecture of this temple is very different from the other lama temples, as it was originally a Prince's residence. Its architecture therefore resembles a mini palace (eg. like the Forbidden City, the main entrance faces the south, the red walls and yellow tiles indicated that 2 emperors once lived here).

You'll see 4 different languages on the signs - Chinese, Manchurian, Tibetan and...I forgot what the last one was!

Address: 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Beijxinqiao, Dongcheng
Directions: Located on the north end of the city center, easily accessible from the metro line.
Phone: 010-6404 4499
Website: http://www.yonghegong.cn/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 7, 2005
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