Jade Buddha Temple - Han Buddhism Temple in Shanghai
Last Update: 8th October 2020
Located at No. 170, Anyuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, Jade Buddha Temple was named after the Jade Buddha which is worshiped at the temple. It is one of the 10 main attractions in Shanghai. It offers palace-style buildings similar to those in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). The cultural relics in the Northern Wei (386 – 534), Tang (618 – 907), Song, Yuan (1271 – 1368), Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties are well-preserved at the temple.
Jade Buddha Temple Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Yufosi (玉佛寺)
- History: over Built in 1882
- Things to do there: Photography, Architecture, Buddhism
- Who visits: Photographers, Buddhism Believers, Ancient Chinese Art Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 3 x Hours
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What to expect at Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple was built under the supervision of Master Huigen who transported two statues of jade Buddha to the temple from Myanmar in 1882. The two statues are the most famous at the temple. The sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha is worshiped at Jade Buddha Building. It is 1.92 meters tall. It is gold-plated. At the ceiling of the Jade Buddha Building, you will see 500 statues of gilt Buddha statues. At the Jade Buddha Building, you can find precious Buddhism inscriptions Tibetan Tripitaka in the period of Qianlong Emperor (1736 – 1795) and Japanese Tibetan Tripitaka.
The other sleeping statute of Sakyamuni Buddha is worshiped at the Sleeping Buddha Hall in the west of the temple. It is 0.96 meter long. The Buddha lies on the side. On the opposite side is the 4-meter-long sleeping jade Sakyamuni Buddha which was donated by the Buddhism believers from Singapore in modern times.
At the temple, you will find the regular script of Sutra of Forty-two Chapters by Dong Qichang, the stone sculptures of Avalokitesvara the figures of which were drawn by the famous painter in the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties and the stone sculptures of the sixteen arhats. In addition, you also can explore the wooden sculptures of Buddhas.
The best time to visit Jade Buddha Temple is in the morning except that during holidays and at weekends, the lunar 1st and 15th of every month.
There are a few buses passing by the temple. Therefore, there are only a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the temple. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 19, 206, 316 and Bus 738 to the Stop of Jiangning Road and An’yuan Road (江宁路安远路). Then, walk to the temple.
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 16:30.
- As at 8th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the temple is 20 CNY per person except the lunar 1st and 15th of every month; on the lunar 1st and 15th of every month, the entrance pricing is 10 CNY per person. The additional fee for the Jade Buddha Building is 10 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- On the lunar 1st and 15th of every month, there are always many believers visiting the temple.
- Please keep quiet at the temple.