Yonghe Gate of Lama Temple


Between the two pavilions is the Yonghe Gate, on which hangs a large plaque inscribed "Yonghe Gate" by Emperor Qianlong, which is equivalent to the monastery gate and Tianwang Palace of Chinese Buddhism. The bronze lion in front of the temple is in vivid shape. In the center of the palace sits a smiling, bare-chested statue of Maitreya Bodhisattva on a gilded dragon throne. On both sides of the palace, there are the four heavenly Kings of clay and gold. They step on ghosts to show their duty and merit of suppressing evil spirits and protecting the world. Behind the statue of Maitreya is Wei Tuo, the guardian god, who tread on clouds and wear armor.