The temple was first built in 1882 but it was destroyed by the revolution. Fortunately, the statues were saved and in 1928 a new temple was built in the present site and it was named Jade Buddha. It houses precious Jade Buddha statues that are not only rare cultural relics but are also elaborate porcelain artworks.
Although the history of the temple isn’t that old, its architecture is very grand and classic. Many rare and ancient statues, paintings and Buddhist scriptures are kept in the monastery. The temple consists of several halls, Heavenly King Hall, Grand Hall, Reclining Buddha Hall, and of course Jade Buddha Hall.
Jade Buddha Temple is a functioning monastery, monks still reside, study and pray in the temple and we were lucky enough to witness the monks perform a religious ceremony in the courtyard.
The burning of incense never seems to stop and feng shui red lanterns hang all over the temple, red ribbons tied in tree trunks, railings and stone lions with hand written prayers and wishes of good luck.
There is also a fish pond with a beautiful landscape near the exit of the temple. For 5 yuan you get to feed Koi fishes that could live up to 200 years old. Longer than you and I could ever live!
TIP: Highly recommendable place to visit. Must not miss when in Shanghai.
ADDRESS: 170 Anyuan Road, Shanghai
written by KIM