Shanghai | Visit to the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple

A must-see on your trip to Shanghai is the Jade Buddha Temple. It is a relatively modern Buddhist temple, for it was built between 1911 and 1918 which is still home to a group of about 70 Buddhist monks. We find the Jade Buddha Temple in the west of the city of Shanghai, in the midst of a modern neighborhood between residential skyscrapers. Its traditional Chinese architecture with a profusion of bright red color and its top decor make it a very attractive place to visit. The origins of the Jade Buddha Temple date back to 1882, when from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma was brought to Shanghai by a Buddhist monk who built two statues of Buddha in jade. The most prominent is a seated Buddha figure of almost two meters tall, inlaid with agates and emeralds and weighing more than a ton. The other figure is a jade Buddha lying down just under a meter long.

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Tea

Jade Tea

The seated Buddha can be found on the second floor, in an indoor lounge dedicated to it in a glass case, being forbidden to take pictures. The Jade Buddha Temple there is another statue of a reclining Buddha larger than the aforementioned. It has four meters long and was brought from Singapore in 1989 by an abbot of the temple. But aside from these jade figures, in different rooms of the temple you can see numerous other figures such as those found in the Great Hall and the House of the Four Divine Kings.

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple

Visiting hours of the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai are from 8:00 pm to 17 pm and the visit can take an hour. The ticket price is 30 yuan, 3.6 euros, although to access the room where the sitting jade Buddha figure is an additional 10 yuanmust be paid.

Lying down Jade Buddha

Lying down Jade Buddha

Jade Buddha Temple photos: Austronesian Expeditions, kalbarrie2012, Raffaele Nicolussi, kdbrad1833.

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