The Yonghe Temple , also known as the “Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple”, the “Yonghe Lamasery”, or – popularly – the “Lama Temple” is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing, China. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
Saturday I made a trip over to the Lama Temple and surrounding Hutongs for some sightseeing. Everywhere around the temple are vendors selling incense for prayer once you are inside. There are several temples with prayer stations and fire pits to light your incense while you perform the prayers. Unfortunately photographs are not allowed inside the temples but they are filled with large ornate statues of Buddha and other figures. It was a ride out here but worth it. After leaving the temple I wondered the Hutongs (alleyways) looking at the shops. I was able to visit Bannerman Tang’s Toys and Crafts stall which is ran by a family who has been hand crafting toys for over 150 years.
On my way back I stopped into the Yashow Clothing Market to try my hand at some more bargaining. This is setup similar to the popular Silk Market but not as crowded and the vendors are definitely not as aggressive. I was able to pick up some small things at a good rate before making my way back to the hotel to prep for the next day.