Jade Buddha Temple


Name: Jade Buddha Temple
Chinese Name: 玉佛寺
Address: No. 170, Anyuan Road, Putuo District

In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

Mahavira Hall in Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
The Sleeping Buddha
The Jade Reclining Buddha

The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain 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 by the agate and the emerald, portraying the Buddha at the moment of his meditation and enlightenment. The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing 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 here..

Jade Buddha TempleAlthough the history of the Jade Buddha Temple is not very long, the old-time and classical architectural style makes it unique and inimitable in this modern city. Devajara Hall, Mahavira Hall and the Jade Buddha Tower make up the main structure of the temple and at sides are the Kwan-yin Dian Hall, the Amitabha Dian Hall, the Zen Tang Hall, the Dining-Room and the Recumbent Buddha Hall. The Sitting Buddha is in the Jade Buddha Tower and the Recumbent Buddhas are in the Recumbent Buddha Hall. More than 7,000 Dazang sutras are kept in the Jade Buddha Tower; these are all the inestimable culture relics.

The Jade Buddha Temple is a good place to go whether you are a Buddhist or not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to our busy modern society.

How to get to the Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

1. Take bus 19, 206, 316, 328 or 738 and get off at Jiangninglu Anyuanlu Station.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off at the main entrance of the temple.
3. Take Metro Line 13 and get off at Jiangning Road Station. Leave from exit 4 and then walk southward for about five minutes to the temple.
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Entrance Fee: CNY 20 
Note: Tourists have to pay CNY 10 extra if they want to see the jade buddha statues.
Opening Hours: 8:00 to 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 hour

Further Reading:
 Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai 
Places of Interest in Shanghai: 12 Historical Sites to Explore
6 Shanghai Famous Places to Visit in October
 Top 10 Places for a Shanghai Visit in Winter
 Top 10 Shanghai Tourist Spots for Solo Travelers
 Top 10 Famous Temples in Shanghai

- Last updated on Apr. 08, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Buddha Temple
Asked by Lewis from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 19, 2020 12:00Reply
Can you buy a ticket for Jade Buddha or Jing’ An temple in advance online?
Or can you only buy a ticket at the door?


Answers (1)
Answered by Lena from SINGAPORE | Jan. 19, 2020 22:04

As I know, you can't buy the ticket online.
Asked by Aaron from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 30, 2019 02:46Reply
For the Entrance Fee of Jade Buddha Temple, how much is for Children below 1.4m and Senior Citizen
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from MALAYSIA | Dec. 03, 2019 17:38

The ticket fare is CNY20/person. I didn't find the discount for children and elders.
Asked by Louise from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 18, 2019 07:53Reply
Form the Shanghai Fish Inn Bund what is the best route for visiting Jade Buddha temple. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeff from USA | Jul. 18, 2019 19:41

Take bus No.19 from East Beijing Rd Middle Henan Rd Station to Jiangning Rd Anyuan Rd Station, then the temple is right on your left. It takes 30 minutes with CNY2.
Asked by JOSE FRANCO from MEXICO | Jun. 12, 2019 19:44Reply
From People's Square Subway Station, how can i get to Jade Buda Temple?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sheila from USA | Jun. 13, 2019 18:30

You can take metro Line 1 to Hanzhong Road Station, and transfer to metro Line 13 to Jiangning Road Station (Exit 4), and walk southeast of 500m to the temple.
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