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Jade Buddha Temple

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Jade Buddha Temple, as one of Shanghai's top tourist draws, was built in 1882 to keep two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen, and destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear white jade gives the Buddhas the beauty of sanctity and make them more vivid. In the temple there is also another Recumbent Buddha which was brought from Singapore in 1989.

Jade Buddha Temple we see today was constructed in the architectural style of the Song Dynasty. The Jade Buddha Tower is the main structure of the temple. The Sitting Buddha is in the Jade Buddha Tower and the Recumbent Buddhas are in the Recumbent Buddha Hall at one side of the Jade Buddha Tower. There are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls of the temple.The temple also houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute, in which many ancient statues, paintings, a complete set of Buddhist scriptures from Qing dynasty and over 7,000 other rare scriptures are kept.

Admission: 20 yuan.

Opening hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

How to get there: take No. 13, 19, 24, 36 bus.
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Ivy (senior commenter) Commented  116 month(s) ago
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The Jade Buddha Temple is a good place to go whether you are a Buddhist聽or聽not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to our busy modern life.

  • Average cost: 20RMB

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