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22 February 2010

Prayer flags at the Lama temple, Beijing, China

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Another trip we made inside Beijing was to the confucius temple and the Yonghe (Lama) temple. Our visit to Beijing's Yonghe Temple (informally known as Lama temple), Beijing's most famous monastery, was my first encounter with a Tibetan buddhist temple. It was interesting to see all the pilgrims group around relics, burning incense. The temple Combines han Chinese and Tibetan style architecture and construction started in 1694 under the Qing dynasty. It was originally build as an imperial palace, but later switched purpose to a monastery.

The Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the second largest Confucian temple in China, after the one in his hometown Qufu. The temple was built in 1302, and officials used it to pay their respects to Confucius until 1911. It is definately worth going there on a lazy afternoon.