Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai is an active temple, with 70
resident monks at the last count. The 70 monks who live and work
there can sometimes be seen worshiping.
The temple was built between 1911 and 1918 in the style of the Song
Dynasty (960-1279), with symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned
eaves, and bright yellow walls. The exterior is readily
identifiable by the bright saffron walls.
Inside, the centerpiece is a 1.9-meter-high white jade Buddha,
which was installed here after a monk brought it from Burma to
Zhejiang Province in 1882. The seated Buddha, encrusted with
jewels, is said to weigh about one thousand kilograms. A smaller,
reclining Buddha from the same shipment lies on a redwood bed. In
the large hall are three gold-plated Buddhas, and other halls house
ferocious-looking deities. Artifacts abound, not all on display,
and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls.
Alongside the temple is a branch of the Antiques and Curio Store,
which sells miniature sandalwood drums and gongs, replicas of the
large ones used in ceremonies. A vegetarian restaurant can be found
on the temple grounds.