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Confucius Temple

Location:Beijing Confucius Temple is located at Guo Zijian Street, Dongcheng District.
Admission Fee:CNY 30 (including Guo Zi Jian - The Imperial College )
Opening Hours:8:30 - 17:00 (stop selling ticket at 16:30)
Recommended time for a visit:one hour

How to Get There

1)Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong Station, get out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 600 meters, then you'll find Guozijian Street where the Temple of Confucius and Imperial Academy located.
2)Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong Station, and get out of the station from Exit D (Southwest Exit).
3)Take bus 13, 116 or 684 and get off at Guozijian Station.
4)Take bus 3, 116 or 117 and get off at Yonghegong Station.
5)Take bus 13, 18, 44, 62, 75, 116, 606, 800, 909 or te2 and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Dong Station.
6)Take bus 125 and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Bei Station.

Introduction

Located on Guozijian Street inside Anding Gate, the Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the place where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Its neighbor in the west is Beijing Imperial Academy (Guozijian), which was the institute of the highest education well preserved in China.

Feature

Beijing Confucius Temple is a place where people worshipped Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Overview

The temple is on Guo Zijian Street (also known as Chengxian Street) in Andingmen, Beijing. On Guo Zijian Street are four painted wood arches built during the Qing Dynasty. Reportedly, Guo Zijian Street has most and best-preserved wooden arches in Beijing.

Construction of Beijing Confucius Temple began in 1032 and continued until 1036. The main building was decorated with yellow glazed tiles, a symbol of the highest construction standards in ancient society. The temple was designed with a suitable layout and large scale, vividly demonstrating the status of the royal family.

Beijing Confucius Temple covers 20,000 square meters and has four separate courtyards. The main buildings are Xianshi Gate, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Pavilion and Chongsheng Temple. In front of the temple stand Tablets Pavilion, God Kitchen, Shensheng Pavilion and Well Pavilion. At its west are Tablets Pavilion, Zhizhai Hall and Chijing Gate, which is connected with Guo Zijian. On both sides are 198 tablets built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty, with precious antiques showing the history of ancient Chinese exams. The sacrifice ceremony was held in Dacheng Hall.

Beijing Confucius Temple has various wonderful collections, and is famous for its stone carvings, such as Jinshi Tablets, Qian Long stone drums, Shisanjing carvings and other stone tablets built during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Moreover, there are 14 stone pavilions built in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Stone carvings are precious historical records, and the grand Shisanjing tablets are representative of ancient Chinese culture.

Recommended Spots

1.Jinshi Stone Tablets during the Ming and Qing Dynasty
2.Exhibition of sacrifice instruments
3.Exhibition of Chinese Ancient Exams

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Lama Temple

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