Zhamei Temple - largest Tibetan Buddhism temple in Mosuo and Pumi areas in Yunnan
Last Update: 19th October 2020
Originally built in 1556, Zhamei Temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhism temple in the Mosuo and Pumi areas in Yunnan. The temple is located around 30 kilometers northwest of Lugu Lake. In the style of Tibetan Buddhism, the temple is decorated with fine murals. There are nearly 10,000 statues of Buddha.
Zhamei Temple Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Zhameisi (扎美寺)
- Area: 24,000 square meters
- Things to do there: Photography, Architecture, Buddhism
- Who visits: Photographers, Architects, Buddhism Believers
- Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
What to expect at Zhamei Temple
Zhamei Temple is mainly composed of the main hall and side halls. The halls all are in 3-storeyed civil structure, with thick walls, yellow tiles and gilded copper tops.
Both of walls of the gate of the main hall are painted with fine Tibetan Buddhism murals. A golden prayer wheel stands in front of the murals. In the west side hall, a 12-meters-tall seated statue of gilded Maitreya Buddha is worshiped. There are 6 murals created in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) on the four walls of the hall. The murals present the content of Buddhist scriptures. The figures in the murals are vivid. The main hall is surrounded by the dormitories of Lamas.
Usually, there are one or two lamas in the temple. Other lamas always live in their own houses. When it is a dharma assembly, hundreds of lamas in kasaya will gather in the temple. They will wear yellow cockscomb caps as well. You will see the unique dharma-vessels at the assembly. Four dharma assemblies are regularly held from the lunar third to the ninth of January, in the middle of the lunar March, from the lunar June to the lunar July and on the lunar twenty-fifth of October. On the assembly, you will be amazed at the mysterious ceremony.
Best time to visit Zhamei Temple
If you are interested to know more about the dharma assembly, it is recommended that you explore the temple on the dates mentioned above.
The best months to visit are from April to October.
How to get to Zhamei Temple
There is no direct bus to the Zhamei Temple from Lijiang. The only option is to rent a vehicle.
Additional Zhamei Temple Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- As at 19th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the temple is 20 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- Please keep quiet in the temple.