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The Jade Buddha Temple is a popular Buddhist temple located in Shanghai, China. It was founded in 1882 to house two Buddha statues carved entirely out of jade that were imported from Burma.

Although the increasing fashionable and flamboyant views in Shanghai city, one of the city’s most favorite tourist attractions is a passage to earlier times. In 1882, a monk heaved a 6 ft white jade Buddha traveled to Shanghai from Myanmar, with only a blurred idea of how he was going to raise a temple around the valuable artifact but his fortitude paid off though, and now thousands of worshippers, make it a point to stopover the Jade Buddha Temple. Even in the spring festival, the temple receive about 20,000 locals as well as the foreigner worshippers through the flights to Shanghai particularly to participate in the festival, each day come to pay a visit to the temple. Since the national government also relaxes restrictions on religious ceremonies, very few locations have advantaged as much as this meticulous temple.

Located in Shanghai, China the Jade Buddha Temple is a world famous Buddhist temple founded in 1882. The temple is named for the two jade statues of the Buddha it was built to house. The larger of the two statues is nearly two metres tall and weighs around three tonnes. It depicts the Buddha in a seated position. The other, slightly smaller statue depicts a reclining Buddha and is thought to symbolise death. A third statue, also depicting a reclining Buddha, made entirely out of marble was recently donated to the temple by the government of Singapore.

This Chinese Buddhist Temple hosts two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma, along with many other cultural relics. It is a peaceful refuge from the modern bustle of Shanghai, where monks may be seen and heard conducting Buddhist ceremonies.

The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear white jade gives the Buddhas the beauty of sanctity and make them more vivid. The Sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high and encrusted by the agate and the emerald, portraying the Buddha at the moment of his meditation and enlightenment. The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing on the left leg, this shape is called the ‘lucky repose’. The sedate face shows the peaceful mood of Sakyamuni when he left this world. In the temple there is also another Recumbent Buddha which is four meters long and was brought from Singapore by the tenth abbot of the temple in 1989. Furthermore there are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls here.

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