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The Lama Temple in Beijing is the largest and best preserved lamasery in the world outside of Tibet.
The most striking element of the Lama Temple is the 23 meter (75 foot) high statue of the standing Buddha. It resides in the rear and tallest hall - and was carved from the trunk of a single sandalwood tree.
Bronze statue trio
Another hall is home to three large bronze statues of the seated Buddha. They depict Buddha in his three classic states: past, present and future.
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Five major halls
Each hall is fronted by its own courtyard bustling with activity. Architecturally, the halls enjoy traditional styling imbued with bright hued structural details and elaborately upturned eaves.
The building complex stretches back almost 500 meters (1600 feet) from the front gate.
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