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Confucius Temple

Introducing Confucius Temple, Confucius Temple Guide, The Temple of Confucius Travel Guide
Article from Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism

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).

The Temple of Confucius was initially built in 1302 and additions were made during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Confucius Temple has a total area of 22,000 square meters (5.4 acres). Confucius Temple is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China, ranking only behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province.

Confucius Temple consists of four courtyards. The main structures include Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher), Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment), Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) and Chongshengci (Worship Hall). Dacheng Hall is the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius was often held. Inside the Confucius Temple one can see that 198 stone tablets are positioned on either side of the front courtyard, containing 51,624 names of Jinshi (the advanced scholars) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Also 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties hold the precious historical information of ancient China.

Featured Attractions: In the temple, you can also find remarkable pictures like two flying dragons playing a pearl among clouds, which are believed to be used only in the imperial palaces because dragon stands for emperor in ancient China. From those, it is easy to imagine the importance of the Confucius Temple in the feudal society of China.

Quick Facts on The Temple of Confucius

Name: The Temple of Confucius
Location: 90 km North of Beijing
Phone: +86-10-64057214
Dates: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Best Time to Visit: April to October
Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
Opening Hours: 08:30-18:00 (Apr 1 to Oct 31); 08:30-17:00 (Nov 1 to Mar 31)
Admission Fee: CNY 30

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