Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

Temples of Asia | | May 24, 2010 at 4:18 am




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Jade Buddha Temple was founded in the year 1882, and is recognized as the Yu Fo Si in Shanghai. Today, this religious temple has become a well-known tourist destination. The reason behind its world-popularity are the two brilliant white jade Burmese Buddha statues. The two white jade Buddhas were actually brought from Burma by a monk of putuo shan in the year 1881. This temple is raising the magnificence of Shanghai, China with its amazing tradition.

The temple structure was destroyed and was abandoned after the year 1911. However, the buildings were again constructed on the same site between the years 1918 and 1928. Today, a monastery of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, which is known as Jade Buddha Temple, entirely serves the foreign tourists and the local devotees equally. Even though, the Jade Buddha Temple is not so popular due to its architecture, its charm and beauty always boost the excitement of every person. The buildings are very new and were built in a standard Song Dynasty style. Inside the buildings, you will find the two Buddhas.

Jade Buddha Temple
Both the Buddhas are made up of white jade in Burma and represent the Shakyamuni Buddha – the historical Buddha. Out of both the Buddhas, the most remarkable is the seated Buddha, which is of 2 meters tall and has weight of 205 kg. This Buddha is decorated with the beautiful semi-precious stones. Besides this, the other statue is very peaceful. It is a beautiful reclining Buddha, which has a length of nearly 1 meter. Tourists with high expectation visit this temple and worships Lord Buddha. For the entry of this temple, you need to pay ¥20. The temple remains open from 8am to 4:30pm.

There are several accommodation options near the site. In addition to this, there are many places where you can stay and pay a visit to Jade Buddha Temple. While exploring the temple, you will experience the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall, Jade Buddha Chamber, public restaurant, and few others.

Grand Hall
The Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings includes statues of Wei Tuo Bodhisattva, Maitreya, and Four Heavenly Kings representing the favorable condition. The chamber lies on the southern-edge or in front of the temple.

Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings
The Grand Hall is also recognized as the Great Hall, which includes many different statues. Three Golden Buddhas is a wonderful sculpture where the central sculpture is of Gautama Buddha, the left side sculpture is of Amitabha, and the right side is of Bhaisajyaguru.

Gods of the Twenty Heavens is enclosed in gold and is rowed the eastern as well as the western sides of the Grand Hall.

18 Arhats are the exceptional golden Arhats, which is standing in two groups of nine.

Guanyin, Shen Cai and his 53 teachers is a large golden statue, which is of Guanyin and stands at the northern entrance towards the Great Hall along with Shen Cai at her side. With this, the sculptures symbolize the 53 teachers of his life above.

The Jade Buddha Chamber lies in the northern part of the temple, which is on the second floor. For this, you need to pay a fee of 10 yuan. From here, you can see few of the other additional Buddhist sculptures that stands in the antechamber.

Jade Buddha Chamber
At the site, you will get public restaurant, which lies on level two at the eastern border of the temple and is set with its own street entrance. The restaurant opens everyday and serves an assortment of noodle dishes for 5 yuan each bowl. The most popular dish here is double mushroom noodles. Besides this, the other dishes, which are served here, are available at reasonable prices. Go upstairs and you will have to enjoy the dishes with much higher prices, as you will enter the more upscale restaurant.

Apart from this, the temple also boasts a private restaurant, which serves the monks and temple volunteers. It is located at the western border of the temple complex. You will also get a visitor services office, which lies adjacent to the southern entrance. In fact, on the temple premises, a Buddhist library is also available.

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3 Comments

  1. vareeja says:

    As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha’s death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.

  2. vareeja says:

    As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha’s death.

  3. melvin says:

    this jane buddha temple is mainly surrounded by the local devotees actually

    here ull love the double mushroom soup which is yummy..
    this place is constructed so expensively that most of it is made in pure gold,

    and then the sitting buddha, the reclining buddha represents the death of budddha.

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