White Jade in Shanghai

On October 19, 2011, in Shanghai, Temples, by Jack Li

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by […]

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by it. The Jade Buddha temple would be a great attraction to see on your Shanghai tour since it will only last you a couple of hours and only 20RMBs.

 The Story:

A monk named Putoshan travelled to Burma in 1882, so that he could have a white Buddha made. For the purpose of bringing it back to China with him. The one he brought back was the ‘Reclining Buddha’. It was a long journey since he had to cart the Buddha back. When Putoshan brought it back he set it down so he could built a temple around it. Then he went off again to search of alms so he would have the means to build a temple for it. The ‘Seated Buddha’ which is also made from white jade was brought back from Singapore by Zhenshan in 1990. Zhenshan was the tenth master of the temple. Thousands of believers pilgrimage here each year.

In the 1880’s an old temple was built to house the Buddha statues. The temple only lasted until the 1900s when it was destroyed in the revolutions at overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Gratefully the Buddha statue was not harmed, sadly the temple was. In 1928 a new temple was built. This is the same temple visitors see today.

What you see

When you are walking around you will be able to see two white Buddha statues. Each one is different, the first is the ‘Seated Buddha’ it is 6 feet and 5 inches tall weighting 205 pounds. This Buddha is decorated with semi precious stones. The ‘Seated Buddha’ shows the viewer that he is in his moment of mediation and enlightenment. The second Buddha is ‘Reclining Buddha’ he is 3 feet and 4 inches long. The ‘Reclining Buddha’ is lying on its right side with its right hand supporting its head and left hand on its left leg. This shape is called the ‘luck repose’ where the Buddha is in a peaceful mood. These two Buddha are both carved from white jade, making them look more vibrant. 

The Jade temple is the most visited temple in Shanghai. It is situated in the busy city, but is a great place to go for someone who is looking for peace and quiet. The temple has seven structures which are: Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, the Jade Buddha Tower, and Kwan-yin Hall, and Amitabha Hall, and the Tang Hall, and lastly the dining-room and Recumbent Buddha Hall. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you stop in and see the White Buddha statues at the Jude Buddha temples.

Jade Buddha Temple Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Historical Relics, Shanghai, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Jade Buddha Temple is a very ancient monastery, so the ticket price is relatively higher than common temples. On entering the main hall, visitors first will burn incenses available in various designs for your selection to worship the Buddha, and then go upstairs to pay respect to the figure of the jade Buddha. At […]

The Jade Buddha Temple is a very ancient monastery, so the ticket price is relatively higher than common temples. On entering the main hall, visitors first will burn incenses available in various designs for your selection to worship the Buddha, and then go upstairs to pay respect to the figure of the jade Buddha. At the back of the temple there is a pool full of carps in different sizes, visitors can feed them here. In addition, visitors can have delicious noodles in the vegetarian restaurant near the pool. The first and the fifteenth day of a month according to the lunar calendar, people come to the temple in swarms.

Best time to visit Jade Buddha Temple:

The City of Shanghai is located in the front part of the Yangtze River delta, so it belongs to typical subtropical maritime monsoon climate. There are four distinct seasons with enough rainfall from May to September. The hottest time in Shanghai is July and August when the temperature will  exceed 35℃ for about ten days. The coldest time is from the last ten-day period of January to the beginning of February, though there is no sign of snow, the wet cold air and freezing north wind is terrible. So pay attention to protect yourself from cold. From the middle ten-day period of June to the first ten-day period of July, it is the plum rain season. From the end of August to the September Shanghai comes to the typhoon season. Please bear in mind to take an umbrella with you. The modernization and prosperity of Shanghai attract numerous tourists from all over the world every year. In spring, you can go to the suburbs for an outing, admiring the beautiful willow trees and peach blossoms. Besides, autumn is the best time for having steamed crab which is well-known for its tasty flavor. It’s worth noting that around Tomb Sweeping Day, people in Shanghai are busy going out to pay respects to their deceased kinsfolk, therefore, the traffic to the cities neighboring Shanghai endures great tension. Try to avoid visiting Shanghai during Golden Week period due to the crowdedness and traffic control.

Jade Buddha Temple Best Route: Visitors can choose the route he likes because there aren’t many attractions except the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple Ticket:

Open hours: 8:00am —16:30

8:00am —17:30 (on the first and the fifteenth day every month according to the lunar calendar)

Ticket price: 20 yuan (10 yuan on the first and the fifteenth day every month according to the lunar calendar)

Pay extra 10 yuan to have a look at the Jade Buddha.

How to go to Jade Buddha Temple:

Address: No.999# Jiangning Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, China

Tel: 021-62665596

By bus:

Take Bus No.13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 to Anyuan Road station, then you can arrived at the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple

On September 1, 2011, in Historical Relics, Places of Interest, Shanghai, Temples, by Jack Li

The Jade Buddha situates in a quiet corner in Putuo District downtown Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Destroyed and then abandoned in the 1911, the temple buildings were. reconstructed on the same site in 1918-28. It is a Song style complex […]

The Jade Buddha situates in a quiet corner in Putuo District downtown Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Destroyed and then abandoned in the 1911, the temple buildings were.

reconstructed on the same site in 1918-28. It is a Song style complex with Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall and Jade Buddha Chamber lying on the central axis. The Jade Buddha Temple is not necessarily famous for its architecture, but the two Buddhas housed within. Both are made of white jade in Burma and in depict of Shakyamuni Buddha. The most impressive of the two is the seated Buddha, 1.9 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. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only valuable cultural relics but also magnificent artworks. Both the Seated Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with Burman white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear jade gives the Buddhas a touch of sanctity and lifelikeness. The Seated Buddha is coated by the agate and the emerald, portraying the Buddha at the moment of his meditation. The calm face demonstrates the peacefulness of Sakyamuni when he left the secular world. The Recumbent Buddha lies on the right side with the right hand under his head and the left hand resting on the left leg. This posture is called  “lucky repose”. It was brought from Singapore by the tenth abbot of the temple in 1989. Moreover, there are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls of the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple Story

1.   The History of Jade Buddha Temple

In the Qing Dynasty under Emperor Guangxu’s rule there was a venerable monk named Hugen. One day was not satisfied with preaches in the temple and wanted to spread love and grace of Buddha to more people, thus, he come down the mountain and paid his pilgrimage to Burma where was considered the pure

land of Buddhism. He went through numerous hardships and destitution to finally get there. When he was in Burma, he found there was jade artwork everywhere in the market place. Consequently it occurred to him that it would be a perfect idea to carve the Buddha in this kind of jade. However, he didn’t have enough money to buy the jade. Huigen set up his mind to get this task done. So he travelled across the countries and collected mendicities for the statue. But the money he gathered from begging is far from enough. Fortunately, Huigen met a wealthy merchant who knew he was trying to complete a task that has far-reaching effects. So he chipped in 20,000 Liang silver to help Huigen. Huigen then asked permission of the king of Burma to tap the jade mine. The King asked him in surprise, “You are from China, why you come to our country and want to carve the jade Buddha?” “The Buddha himself took me here.” The Burma king was impressed by his piousness and gave him the permission. It was the very first time for a foreigner to tap the jade mine. Huigen hired several skillful craftsmen to carve five Buddha statues in different sizes and postures. Excited and content he placed the statues on a ship and took them back to China. Nonetheless, when he transferred them from sea ferries to river ferries in Shanghai, he can not do so because the statues are too heavy for such small boats. As he was stuck in Shanghai one of the Qing government officers persuaded him to leave the Buddha statues in Shanghai to spread love for local folks. Huigen agreed to leave two of the five, the Seated one and the Recumbent one. The Jade Buddha Temple was build in remembrance of Huigen housing the two valuable Buddha statues.

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