is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing
. Located in northeast Beijing, Lama Temple
(Yonghe Gong) has become one of Beijing's most active Buddhist temples. Built as a palace in 1694, the structure was rededicated as a Buddhist templein 1723 and was given over to Lamaist practitioners in 1744. The complex consists of a consecutive chain of five halls, the last of which houses a spectacular 18-m. (59-ft.) Maitreya Buddha carved from a single sandlewood tree. Lama Temple
can also be reached via public buses #13, 44, and 116(the latter being the most direct).