A Decorated Archway to Yonghe Temple

Yonghe Temple (Yong He Gong) is a well-known Lama temple in Beijing. It was built in the 33rd year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi, Qing Dynasty (1694). The place was originally the residence of Emperor Yong Zheng before he ascended to throne. After that, it was turned into a Lama temple in the 9th year of the reign of Emperor Qian Long (1744). 

Yonghe Temple is venerated by all Lamaist believers. In the Falun Hall, there is a bronze statue of Zongkapa, the founder of the Yellow Sect of Lamaism. In the same hall, is also conserved the Buddhist canon (Bkah-hgyur and Bstan-hgyur) which are important materials for studying Buddhism. The construction of Yonghe Temple has the characteristics of the Han, Mongolian and Tibetan monasteries.

It embodies the exchange and mixture of culture and arts among China's various nationalities.

Yonghe Temple is one of the famous historic sites of Beijing. After 1949, it is placed as an important cultural relic for special preservation. 

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