The Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and the Confucian Temple are important physical reflections of Buddhism and Confucianism respectively, but both these sites have also long played a major role in state ritual and the ideology of empire.  At the Confucian Temple and the adjoining Imperial Academy (Guozijian), students, officials, and rulers came to venerate the Great Sage and to study for the examinations which were the gateway to power and elite status in imperial China.

At the Lama Temple, we will consider how the emperors of the Qing Dynasty appropriated the forms of Tibetan Buddhism by consecrating a holy space in their capital even as their armies were steadily moving westward across the Tibetan Plateau. The historical connection between empire building and Buddhism in Tibet continues to have profound implications for the relationship between the government and the people of that region.

Upcoming Public Walks at the Lama Temple and Confucian Temple

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private walks of the Lama Temple and Confucian Temple are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1600 RMB for up to five people and 125 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years. He has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great SignificanceThe Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups.  Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website