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Beijing Day 3: Lama Temple 
23rd-Jul-2006 12:04 am

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Lama Temple, big and bright and near the center of the city, was our next stop. Though built on the same layout as Dajue Temple, with halls leading from one to the next, it modelled the flamboyant Palace Architecture that marked nearly every site we visited. It was crowded, with tourists like ourselves, and worshippers, and people who fell somewhere in between.

The male guardian, playing with a ball.

The most impressive feature of the temple. It reads:
"It was built in 1748 - 1750 A. D.
The Maitreya Buddha is standing inside. The statue (eighteen metres above ground and eight meters below ground) was carved from a single trunk of white sandal wood.
In august 1990 A. D. this Buddha was in Guinness Book of records."

I risked the wrath of a baby-monk to take this photo. He was there to enforce the 'photos forbidden inside the halls' policy, but i couldn't resist. The sheer magnitude of this thing was astonishing. He's three stories tall. I wish i had a person in the picture for scale. Mostly they seemed to come about halfway to his kneecap.

A few of the vendors pack up.

Close up on the baby lion that the female guardian lion is playing with.

And outside the temple, life goes on for the locals.

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23rd-Jul-2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
That's a big buddha, man! Yowza.

Cute stone baby lion!
24th-Jul-2006 04:50 am (UTC) - Beeeeeeg Buddha
*laughs* Yep, that about sums it up!

And thanks!
23rd-Jul-2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Love the photos! I went back and looked at all the ones I hadn't seen and I love them too. And now I am up-to-date and will look at posts as they arrived. I must have just made a bad assumption after the first one did wonky browser things; you know what they say about assuming, sigh.
24th-Jul-2006 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm so glad! Or yat-ta!, as we say over here. Actually that doesn't really translate. But the sentiment stands!
24th-Jul-2006 12:48 am (UTC)
I like the way the guardian statues in these pictures are playing. They're cute!

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