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

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- Last modified on Nov. 08, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Buddha Temple
Asked by Lakshmi Juttu from INDIA | Nov. 07, 2018 21:15Reply
How to reach the vegetarian restaurant from the Jade Buddha Temple?
Answers (1)
Answered by Acacia from USA | Nov. 08, 2018 18:09

There are many subbranch in different districts of Shanghai and the nearest one is right in the temple.
Asked by Marie from GERMANY | Nov. 01, 2018 06:14Reply
How much does an entry to the Jade Buddha Temple cost?
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Answered by Cooper from FINLAND | Nov. 01, 2018 20:31

Hi, Marie, as I know, the entrance ticket is CNY20 per person.
Asked by Mery from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 26, 2018 03:50Reply
How to get to Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple from Holiday Inn Express Hotel?
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Answered by Emerson from USA | Oct. 28, 2018 20:15

Walk about 15 minutes to the Zhongtan Road Yuanjing Road from your hotel and then take the bus No.76 and get off at Changhua Road Anyuan Road. Then walk about 5 minutes to the temple.
Asked by Kkb from USA | Aug. 28, 2018 02:30Reply
Can I take pictures inside Shanghai Jade Temple?
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Answered by Vivian from FINLAND | Aug. 28, 2018 23:21

Generally, you can’t take pictures or take a shoot in the hall of a temple. However, I also saw someone photographing before.
Asked by Melissa from MALAYSIA | Aug. 12, 2018 22:59Reply
How do i go from Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai to Jade Buddha Temple?
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Answered by Claire from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 13, 2018 19:57

Walk about 200m to take Metro Line 7 to Changshou Road and then get out of the Exit 5. Continue to walk about 900m, you can get there.
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