The Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong) in Beijing, China is an isle of Tibetan Buddhist tranquility in the heart of the city. The building was originally built in 1694 as the residence for the son of Emporer Kangxi and it was converted to a temple and became a lamasery in 1744.
The temple is a complex of halls and courtyards but the final hall, the Wanfu Pavilion, holds an interesting surprise. Within it lies a 25-yard high Buddha carved in the mid-18th century from a single Tibetan sandalwood tree.
The wonderful folks at the Guinness Book of Records have certified this to be the largest Buddha to ever be carved from a single piece of wood.
To log this find, email me the date from the brass Guinness plaque located at the site. No Internet "finds" - you must visit the site.
A small admission charge is required to enter the temple grounds.
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