Shanghai: Jade Buddha Temple

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“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. The history of this temple is very interesting which you can read on Wikipedia.

Before going to the temple i read a few reviews online and a overwhelming number of them complained of how its a tourist trap and how 3/4 of the premises are souvenir shops. But i decided to go there anyway based on the few good reviews i read. And i’m glad i did.

I went on a monday. I reached around 1 and it was pretty quite with very few tourists around. When i went inside the main hall I immediately felt a great sense of peace surround me. Im not a very religious person and I’ve been to a lot of temples before but rarely have I felt so connected. The temple is beautiful and the statues have a serene look.

There are different buddha halls. The Devajara Hall, Mahavira Hall and the Jade Buddha Tower. I also saw monks reciting shlokas which is a beautiful thing to hear.

Yes there are a lot of souvenir shops around which makes me sad but of you ignore those things and resign to the fact that everything is going to be overpriced and simply enjoy the temple and its history its a beautiful place to visit. Continue reading