The Yonghe Temple, also known as the Yonghe Lamasery, or popularly as the Lama Temple, is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism located on 12 Yonghegong Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. This building is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China proper. The current abbot is Lama Hu Xuefeng.
Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong), a revered Buddhist site, is famous for its wooden statue carved in a single giant wooden trunk brought from Nepal some 300 years ago. This is the world's tallest wooden statue of Maitreya Buddha carving from a single tree. The 18m Tibetan-style Maitreya (future Buddha) statue is incredible. It was a gift for Emperor Qianlong from the seventh Dalai Lama.
Yonghe Temple, because Emperor Qianlong was born here, there were two emperors in Yonghe Temple. It became the center of the Qing government in charge of Tibetan Buddhism affairs across the country. Yonghe Temple is the highest Buddhist temple in the country in the middle and late Qing Dynasty.
Building work on the Yonghe Temple started in 1694 during the Qing dynasty on the site where originally stood an official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty.
According to Wikipedia/Tibet.cn