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Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si), Shanghai

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Founded in 1882, the Jade Buddha Temple (Yu Fo Si) in Shanghai is a popular tourist destination for its two magnificent white jade Burmese Buddha statues.

History

The Yu Fo Si temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddhas brought from Burma the year before by a monk of Putuo Shan. Destroyed and then abandoned after the 1911, the temple buildings were reconstructed on the same site in 1918-28.

Now a monastery of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, the Jade Buddha Temple serves foreign tourists and local devotees in equal measures.

What to See

The Jade Buddha Temple is not famed for its architecture, which is very new and built in a standard Song Dynasty style, but the two Buddhas housed within. Both are made of white jade in Burma and depict Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha).

The most impressive of the two is the seated Buddha, 2 meters (6 feet 5 inches) tall, weighing 205 kg (452 lb) and decorated with semi-precious stones. The other statue is a serene and beautiful Reclining Buddha about 1 meter (3 feet 4 inches) long.

Quick Facts on Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

Site Information
Names:Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si); Yu Fo Si
City:Shanghai
Country:China
Categories:Temples; Monasteries
Faiths:Buddhism; Chinese; Zen
Styles:Song
Dates:1882; rebuilt 1918-28
Status:active
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Shanghai, China
Coordinates:31.243380° N, 121.440167° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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References

  1. Frances Wood, Blue Guide China, 2nd ed. (New York: WW Norton, 2001), 278-79.
  2. Yu Fo Si (Jade Buddha Temple) - Frommer's Shanghai

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Title:Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si), Shanghai
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:08/02/2009
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