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Jade Buddha Temple
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Jade Buddha Temple

Shanghai is a very modern city, there is a respectable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple (yù fó chán sì 玉佛禅寺). As with most modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana (dà chéng fó jiào 大乘佛教) Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma (miǎn diàn 缅甸) by sea. These were a sitting Buddha, and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha’s death. The temple was 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. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

statue in great hallChamber of Four Heavenly Kings
The Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings contains the statues of Maitreya (mí lè fó 弥勒佛), Wei Tuo Bodhisattva (pú sà 菩萨) and the Four Heavenly Kings, who represent favorable circumstance. The chamber is located on the southern-edge, or 'front' of the temple.

Grand Hall
statue in great hallAlso called the Great Hall, this hall contains many statues. Three Golden Buddhas. The central sculpture is of Gautama (qiáo dá mó 乔答摩) Buddha, the left Amitabha and the right Bhaisajyaguru (yào shī fó 药师佛).

Gods of the Twenty Heavens. The Gods of the Twenty Heavens, covered in gold, line the eastern and western sides of the Grand Hall.
18 Arhats. 18 unique golden Arhats stand in two groups of nine.

Guanyin (guān yīn 观音), Shen Cai and his 53 teachers. A large golden statue of Guanyin stands on at northern entrance to the Great Hall, with Shen Cai at her side and sculptures representing the 53 teachers of his life above.

Jade Buddha Chamber
The Jade Buddha Chamber is in the northern section of the temple, on the second floor. A fee of 10 yuan is charged to ascend to it. Some additional Buddhist sculptures are also viewable in the antechamber.

No photography of the Jade Buddha is permitted, but postcards are on sale and photography is allowed in the other rooms.
Alongside the temple is a branch of the Antiques and Curio Store, which sells miniature sandalwood drums and gongs, replicas of the large ones used in ceremonies. A vegetarian restaurant can be found on the temple grounds.



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Admission Fee: 15 Yuan
Opening Hours: 8:30 -- 17:00
Public Transportation: You can take bus No. 19, 14, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 and get off at An Yuan Road (an yuan lu 安远路)

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