Jade Buddha Temple


Situated in the northwest near the intersection of Anyuan Lu and Jiangning Lu, the Jade Buddha Temple is an active one, attracting large numbers of visitors, both local and overseas tourists. It is one of Shanghai's few Buddhist temples.
Jade Buddha Temple was built between 1911 and 1918, housing 70 resident monks. Its exterior is easily identifiable by its bright saffron walls. Inside, the centerpiece is a two-meter-high white Jade Sitting Buddha encrusted with jewels. It is said the statue weighs 1,000kg. The Sitting Buddha was installed in the temple when it was brought by monks from Burma to Zhejiang Province in 1882. A smaller reclining Buddha lies on a redwood bed.
In the temple, photography is forbidden. The temple closes for lunch between noon and 1 pm, and is open daily except on special occasions, such as the Lunar New Year.