Jietai Temple


Basic Facts of the Jietai Temple

Chinese Name: 戒台寺 Pronunciation: Jiè Tái Sì

Building Time: 622

Occupied Area: 44,000 square meters

Recommended Time for Visit: Half-day or one day

Popular Activities: Enjoying lilac flowers from April to May

Address: Jingkun Road, Yongding Town, Mentougou District, Beijing

Building Function: For holding Buddhism activities and learning Buddhist culture


Admission Ticket Fee

Tourists Ticket Price
Adults 45 yuan
Children (taller than 1.2 meters) 45 yuan
Seniors(aged 60 or above 60) 22 yuan


  • Ticket Free of Charge Policy

Children younger than 6 years old or under 1.2 meters.


Opening Hours

Temple Gate April to October  November to March
Opening Hours 8:30-17:30 8:30-16:30


  • Tips: Specific information is subject to the actual announcement of the attraction.


Brief Introduction of the Jietai Temple  

Jietai Temple,Jietai Temple
Jietai Temple

Located in Mentougou District, Beijing, the Jietai Temple was built in the fifth year (622) during the reign of Emperor Gaozu (618-626) of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), formerly known as Huiju Temple. Later, it was renamed Wanshou Temple in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). At the same time, because the temple served as the largest Buddhist temple to those who would like to be converted into a Buddhist (aka being initiated into monkhood), it got the present name, the Jietai Temple.

As a key cultural relics site under state protection, it is home to the largest and most complete number of preserved cultural relics of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) in the north of China. In particular, the temple houses plenty of the rare Buddhist treasures of the Liao Dynasty such as stupas, altars, and the like.


History of the Jietai Temple

Morning at the Temple,Jietai Temple
Morning at the Temple

In 622 of the Tang Dynasty, it boasted the name of “Huiju Temple” and was known as a place for the Zen master Zhizhou to withdraw from society and live in solitude.

In the Liao Dynasty, a Bodhisattva altar was added by a monk called Fajun who had spent years here. Consequently, it attracted people who aimed to be inducted into monkhood life all over the nation.

In the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Yuequan, an eminent monk, lived here and rebuilt the temple, adding the Bell and Drum Towers.

During the Ming Dynasty, another rebuilding work was conducted by Master Zhihuan, giving it a new shape featuring 16 arhats, Four Heavenly Kings Palace, and so on. Besides, it was renamed Wanshou Temple this time.

Night Scene at the Temple,Jietai Temple
Night Scene at the Temple

In the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), Zizhegong, a famous monk, spent more than 40 years here. Many civil organizations held activities in the temple, and other different kinds of palaces were established in the temple.

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the temple ceased its Buddhist activities and was managed by the Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau and opened as a park. On October 28, 1957, the temple was listed as the first batch of cultural relics under protection in Beijing.

Since the 1980s, the temple has reopened after a major renovation and several statues have been recreated by a Beijing sculpture factory.

In 1998, the Buddhist Association of China began to send monks to the temple.


You Should not Miss at the Jietai Temple

Peony Yard,Jietai Temple
Peony Yard

Peony Yard

The Peony Yard, a famous scenic attraction of the temple, is a quiet and beautiful garden built in the Qing Dynasty. Many peonies are planted in the yard, and the flowers bloom every April and May, enabling the scenery to be much more elegant and beautiful. Besides flowers, the buildings in the yard are very delicate and ingenious, so you might pay a visit as well.

The Hall of One Thousand Buddha Statues

The Hall of One Thousand Buddha Statues,Jietai Temple
The Hall of One Thousand Buddha Statues

The Hall of One Thousand Buddha Statues was built in the Liao Dynasty and renovated in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was originally a three-story eave-and-pavilion-style wooden structure, 27 meters wide, 24 meters deep, and more than 30 meters high.

On the top of the door is a plaque with the four Chinese characters, which mean ‘light of wisdom’ by Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796). There is a tall bronze statue of Vairocana Buddha in the center of the hall. Brick walls on both sides are inlaid with glazed wall decorations as well as lots of niches. There is a small wooden Buddha statue with a height of 10 centimeters in each niche, totaling 1680 statues.


Two Interesting Stories of the Jietai Temple

Anecdote of Emperor Qianlong

Emperor Qianlong, the sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, had visited the temple many times. There are two inscribed tablets left with his original calligraphy works. When Emperor Qianlong first visited the temple, the most famous ancient lilac was transplanted from the Old Summer Palace to add splendor to the ancient temple.

Refuge-taking Place

In the twenty-sixth year (1901) of the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908), the Eight-Power Allied Forces invaded Beijing, causing the capital in a great panic. Empress Dowager Cixi fled to Xi’an city with Guangxu. Those who were rich and powerful also fled there. Many people believed that the Buddha could protect them from the disaster. So many people sought shelter in the temple. At that time, the temple became a sheltered place for more than a thousand people.


Suggested Travel Route

Enter from the Gate Hall →the Hall of Heavenly Kings →the Mahavira Hall → the One Thousand Buddha Statues →the Peony Yard


How to Get to the Jietai Temple

By Bus

Take bus 948, M44 and get off at Jietaisi Station.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去戒台寺。 English: Please take me to the Jietai Temple.

If you go to the Jietai Temple from the center of Beijing (Grand Hyatt Beijing), it takes about 55 minutes (about 115 yuan).

If you go to the Jietai Temple from Beijing Capital International Airport, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes (about 215 yuan).

If you go to the Jietai Temple from Beijing Daxing International Airport, it takes about 1.5 hours (about 245 yuan).

If you go to the Jietai Temple from Beijing West Train Station, it takes about 40 minutes (about 80 yuan).

The Main Entrance,Jietai Temple
The Main Entrance

Question & Answer
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Asked by Avery Britain | 06/18/2021 10:08 Reply
Jietai Temple
How far is it from the Forbidden City?
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Answered by Luke Singapore | 08/23/2021 18:05
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About 35 kilometers
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