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Jade Buddha Temple

Nestled peacefully in the west of modern Shanghai, the Jade Buddha Temple , is an active Chan (Zen) Buddhist monastery. In addition to the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere, the temple's two striking white jade Buddhas attract busloads of visitors.

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The transcendent atmosphere of the temple The renowned jade buddha statue in Jade Buddha Temple


Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to hold two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by sea. One of the Buddha statues is seated (1.95 meters tall, 3 tons), while the other is a smaller reclining Buddha representing his peaceful death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Jade Buddha, donated from Singapore, and visitors sometimes mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.

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Pray in front of the Sitting Buddha Other buddha statues in Jade Buddha Temple


The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also jade artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear white jade gives the Buddhas the beauty of sanctity and make them more vivid.

The Sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high and encrusted with agates and emeralds, portraying Buddha at the moment of his meditation and enlightenment.

The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on his right side with his right hand supporting his head and left hand placed on the left leg. This shape is called the 'lucky repose'. The sedate face shows the peaceful mood of Sakyamuni when he left this world.

In the temple there is also another Recumbent Buddha which is four meters long and was brought from Singapore by the tenth abbot of the temple in 1989. Furthermore there are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls of the temple.

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