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Jade Buddha Monastery

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Jade Buddha Monastery, one of the most


famous Buddha religious temples, is
situated in Shanghai, which is a modern,
bustling city in China. It attracts many
visitors locally and overseas to Shanghai
every year, especially during the Chinese
New Year.There are a lot of religious
events hosted by the temple. The temple
can pursue silent from sound, and is
described as a clean land in the busy city.
The main and popular structures of the
temple are the great Devajara Hall,
Mahavira Hall, the Jade Buddha Tower; others are the Kwan-yin Hall, Amitabh Hall, Tang
Hall, Dining- Room, also Recumbent Buddha Hall.

History
The temple was initially built in 1882 and named for the two jade Buddhist statues. The
smaller one was imported to China from Burma in l882 by Monk Huigen, the bigger one
was brought from Singapore by Zhenshan, in 1890. The story is that a Buddha from
Putuoshan moved to Myanmar via Tibet, dragged the Buddhist back to its current place
and then went off in search of charities to construct a temple for it.

Features
The sparkling and crystal-clear white jade
gives the Buddhist statues the beauty and
sanctity. At the temple, there are many
other priceless masterpieces – such as
paintings and Buddhist scriptures
throughout the different halls. The shrine’s
remarkable porcelain collections of sitting
well-imprinted, carved Buddha statues
make the temple venerable and attractive.

The Jade Buddha Temple is not famed for


its architecture, which is very new and built
in a standard Song Dynasty style. The two Buddha’s housed within, both made of white
jade in Burma depict Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha).

The more impressive of the two is the seated Buddha, 2 meters (6 feet 5 inches) tall,
weighing 205 kg (452 lb.) and decorated with semi-precious stones. The other statue is a
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serene and beautiful Reclining Buddha about 1 meter (3 feet 4 inches) long.

Travel Information
Location: No. 170 Anyuan road Putuo district, north-west of Shanghai

Transportation: just take the metro available to the Shanghai train station and then walk
around 1 km.Also tunnel Line 6 at Wulian Road, leave on the Shiji Dadao and then take
Underpass Line # 2 and get off near at Nanjing Road West; Bus 13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68,
76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 will
also take you there.

Open Time: 8:10am to 4:30pm, everyday; Events hosted during religious holidays: New
Year's Lunar Day, fifteenth day of the first lunar month. At that moment, the temple will have
certain special events.

Admission Fee: 20 RMB, additional 10 RMB to the Jade Buddha’s.

Evaluation: This is one of the most famous monasteries of Shanghai with a history of more
than 100 years.

Recommendation Index: ☆☆☆☆

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