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Yonghegong-"Lama Temple"    BEIJING, Beijing Municipality

The Lama Temple, or Yonghegong, is one of the most prominent Tibetan Buddhist temples outside of Tibet, and it is definitely the most colorful in Beijing. The temple was originally a palace for soon-to-be Qing Emperor Yong Zheng. When he assumed the throne in 1723, the palace was converted into a lamasery for Mongolian and Tibetan monks. The most impressive sight at the temple is a 55-foot (17m) high statue of the Maitreya Buddha that is carved out of a single block of sandalwood. The statue actually extends another 20ft (6m) below ground. At the rear of the temple are some impressive exhibits featuring Tibetan articles and other items.

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