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Three Buddhist Temples Reopen Just In Time for the New Lunar Month

Jul 20, 2020 | 12:00 Mon
Tuesday is the first day of the sixth lunar month marking a new moon! Typically, Buddhists make a point to visit a temple on the new moon (day 1 of the lunar month) and the full moon (day 15). The days are normally marked by eating vegetarian, burning joss sticks, temple prayer and piety in a show of devotion. However, since closing down for Chinese New Year, all temples have been shut to visitors due to the coronavirus. Not anymore! Jing’an Temple, Longhua Temple and Jade Buddha Temple have finally re-opened after a half-year hiatus.

Jade Buddha Temple got the okay to reopen on July 10 with restrictions. Masks must be worn inside at all times; temperature checks, health codes and reservations are required. Jade Buddha seems more relaxed about same day walk-up reservations with a passport. The temple will allow about 3,000 visitors per day. The vegetarian canteen is open along with five main pavilions, though other buildings and events like sutra writing are closed. Entrance costs 20rmb and the temple is open 8am to 4pm.

Longhua Temple followed and re-opened on July 15 with mask, temperature check, health code and reservation requirements, done via the temple’s WeChat (上海龙华古寺). Longhua is open 8am-4.30pm. Entrance is capped at 2,000 people per day. Reservations are filled quickly, so you’ll need to book a few days in advance. Entrance price is 10rmb.

Jing’an Temple opened this past Saturday with daily hours 7.30am to 5pm and 50rmb entrance. In the past, special days like tomorrow’s new moon granted free admission, but this isn't happening right now, though the temple is open two hours earlier, from 5.30am, on these special days. Tickets and reservations are bought in advance via the temple’s WeChat account (上海静安寺 shjaswx). Temperature checks, masks, and health code as normal, plus visitors will get single use disposable mats for kneeling prayer. The vegetarian canteens are open, but events like meditation retreats have not yet resumed.


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