The Yonghegong Lama Temple, located in the
northeast corner of downtown Beijing was originally
used as official residence for court eunuchs of the
Ming dynasty and then used for the royal court of Prince
Yongzheng of the Qing dynasty. In the 3rd year of Yongzheng's
rein (1725), it was elevated to imperial palace for
short stays away from the capital with the name changed
to Yonghe Palace of Peace and Harmony.
The large temple consists of five courtyards
in a row. The front of the temple is bright and spacious
decorated by carved murals and decorated archways. The
back of the temple is composed of a cluster of building,
halls and pavilions intermingled with each other.
Palace of the Heavenly King, Yonghe Palace,
Eternal Blessing Hall, the Hall of the Wheel of the
Law and Hall of boundless Happiness are the main structures
in the temple. In the Hall of the Boundless Happiness,
stands the world's biggest wood carving Buddha which
stands at 26 meters tall and is carved out of a whole
piece of sandalwood. This temple is amazing to witness
not only because of its unique structures but also because
of the beautiful artifacts inside it.