Saturday, 30 November 2013

Golden and marble statues in the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai

The Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai was crowded. You could hardly walk around, so many people stood on the inner courtyard. Big pots with herbs were burning, a table with burning flower candles and people were praying with burning sticks above their head. A strange sight with a curtain of smoke, luckily there was no fire alarm equipment.

It was interesting to see people actively practicing their religion. Inside the temple there stood a row of golden Buddha’s facing the passing visitors, it was really special. Our favourite statue was of a marble reclining Buddha.

De Jade Buddha Tempel in Shanghai was overbevolkt. Je kon amper rond wandelen, zo veel mensen stonden er op het binnenplein. Uit grote potten met kruiden ontsnapte rook, op een tafel stonden brandende kaarsen in de vorm van roze bloemen en gelovigen beleefden hun gebedsrites met wierookstokken boven hun hoofd. Raar dit te kunnen aanschouwen, gelukkig was hier geen branddetectie materiaal want met zo'n rookgordijn zou dit onmogelijk zijn. 

Het was interessant de mensen te zien bidden in de belevenis van een ander geloof. In de tempel stond een rij gouden Boeddha's die naar de voorbijgangers keken, echt uniek. Ons favoriete beeld was dat van een liggende marmeren Boeddha. 
 
Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai

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8 comments:

  1. How unusual I don't recall ever seeing that before. Excellent photos.

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  2. the lotus candles are very neat.

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  3. Oh gosh, the people and the smoke! My favorites today are the big pink flower candles and all the red lanterns. So did you cough the rest of the day?

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  4. Wauu, really interesting and beautiful photos.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  5. So many people. I love the Chinese temples and Buddhas, wherever they are.

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  6. hier moet je ook niet dagelijks lopen, dat lijkt mij niet gezond. Om het mee te maken dat moet geweldig zijn. Mooie serie Filip.

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  7. Love the architechture of the temples. Other Buddhist temples that are interesting are the ones in Thailand. They're nice too.

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