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Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Introducing Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guide, Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Travel Guide
Article from Guangzhou Municipal Commission of Tourism

Built at the end of Qing Dynasty (1616-1911), Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is known world-wide for its exquisite decoration and craftsmanship.

Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, commonly known as the Chen Clan Temple, is a national-level protected cultural heritage site, and houses the Guangdong Museum of Folk Arts. Construction of the Chen Clan Temple started in the 14th year of the reign of Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing Dynasty (1888) and was completed in the 20th year of the reign (1894). Located beyond the western gate of the town of Guangzhou in the Qing Dynasty, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall was a shared clan temple built with donations from Chen clan members in 72 counties in Guangdong Province. Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall features an architectural style typical of ancestral halls in Lingnan. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall's the largest, most sumptuously decorated and best preserved traditional structure in Guangdong Province, dubbed the gem of Lingnan artistic architecture.

Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is a conglomeration of Guangdong's folk architectural styles and features an ingenious application of decorative arts, such as wood, brick and stone carvings, lime-clay mixtures, pottery sculptures, iron castings, and paintings, all of which are masterpieces of folk arts with different themes, vivid designs, rich colors, and consummate workmanship.

In 1959, the People's Government converted Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall into the Guangdong Museum of Folk Arts, which collects, studies and displays folk handicrafts made in Guangdong and the rest of the country during the bygone dynasties. The museum showcases scores of different types of valuable artifacts and handicrafts, such as pottery, embroidery and sculptures, which reflect Lingnan's folk customs. These exhibits contain a high value for research and appreciation.

Quick Facts on Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

• Name: Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
• Location: Downtown Guangzhou
• Phone: +86-20-81078200
• Dates: Qing Dynasty (1616-1911)
• Best Time to Visit: April to December
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
• Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
• Admission Fee: CNY10

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