Photo of the Day # 4: Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai, China
The Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai is absolutely stunning. The yellow walls and the elegantly curved black roofs surrounding the temple complex lead us to a closed wooden door. It was one of those old, heavy doors with thick black metal fittings that make you feel like you are walking through a portal to a different time, when you pass through them. We bought our tickets and walked back to the door, where a few more tourists had gathered. Just as we arrived, the door opened and we entered the temple, stepping over the tall threshold.
Instantly, we were were surrounded by a crowd mixed of tourists, guides and worshipers. The smell of incense was strong and made the the air pungent and heavy, compared to the fresh winter air outside the temple walls. We made our way to the prayer wheels and spun them clockwise, sending off our wishes towards the universe.
The main attraction of the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai was, you guessed it right, the Jade Buddha. There are actually two Buddha statues at the temple. The famous Jade Buddha is sitting in Lotus pose on an intricately carved throne. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures of him. But to be honest, I liked the laying Buddha statue much more. It looked more peaceful and had a faint smile on face.
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I would love to come here. I have never been anywhere in China (just Hong Kong) but I always love going into different temples and marveling at unique shrines.
I want to go there and spin the prayer wheel to spin my wishes off to the universe. Though, I suppose if I were standing in that temple, the universe would’ve already provided me with an adventure.
It must be an interesting experience to visit a Buddhist temple. I love the smell of incense. Is photography allowed inside though? I thought they are pretty strict about it. I’d love to visit China someday.
I would love to visit a temple like this. There is a big Buddhist temple in Wollongong Australia that we have been to a few times and find then really interesting
I’d never thought about taking a trip to Shanghai but I may have to add it to my travel bucket list! What a beautiful picture this turned out to be! I hate that you weren’t able to capture your full experience inside the temple but it also leaves that ounce of mystery giving us all the travel bug to go visit and see for our own eyes. What was your favorite part about the temple?
So beautiful, I love Buddhism
I love buddhism, I have not come to China yet, but it will not be long.