Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai Tour Guide:
A working monastery, the Jade Buddha Temple is popular retreat with studying monks, travelling devotees and tourists alike, who find the serene atmosphere and the exquisite statues of Buddha incredibly enthralling in a city populated with skyscrapers and humans. Just the place to enjoy a getaway from the crowds of Shanghai.
Dating back to the early 20th Century, the temple is the host to two white jade statues of Buddha apart from numerous other Recumbent Buddha statues and 7,000 Dazang sutras. Sourced from Burma, both the statues depict Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha) in different postures.
The 6-feet tall Seated Buddha, covered in semi-precious stones such as agate and emeralds, depicts Buddha in a state of meditation and enlightenment and is the more impressive of the two statues. The second statue is in a reclining posture and depicts Buddha’s peaceful state of Sukhyamani as he departs from the world. Right opposite this jade statue is a copy in stone.
The Seated Buddha is in a separate chamber and cannot be photographed. Apart from seeing the statues, you can explore the monastery with its dining hall, classrooms and guestrooms.