Confucian Temple (Wen Miao), Shanghai

Confucian Temple (Wen Miao), Shanghai (must see)

Known as the School Palace, the Confucian Temple was once the highest institution of learning in Shanghai. It is dedicated to Confucius, the great Chinese thinker and founder of the Confucian culture and code of conduct.

The temple was built between 1368-98. It has 28 buildings covered with exquisite stone carvings. There are three well-preserved courtyards surrounded by halls that were once used as classrooms. There are carved stone bridges built across tranquil ponds within the courtyards. The main part of the complex used to worship Confucius is the Dacheng Hall. A large bell weighing 1.5 tons is located at the southeast part of the main hall. A bronze statue of Confucius stands in front of the main door of Dacheng Hall.

In its northeastern part, the temple hosts a second-hand book market similar to the book houses that thrived during the reign of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Every Sunday, book traders come to buy, sell and exchange old and rare books at the venue. A temple fair is held at the end of the year including a bell tolling ceremony, contests for young people and performances by folk dancers.

Why You Should Visit:
Well maintained, super cheap, with beautiful artwork in back courtyards. Off the main tourist route yet still easy to get to. It is also nice to experience a private tea ceremony here.

Tip:
The Sunday book market has to be visited as it is something different in Shanghai, but beware that it opens at 8am and closes early around 3-4pm.
If you want full access then pay 10RMB; otherwise, you can just go to the book market inside the inner courtyard. 10RMB lets you into the temple as well as the other courtyards.
Go towards the temple and the guards will ask for your tickets. Most people think they cannot go up, but that's what your ticket covers for.

Temple Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-4:30pm

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Confucian Temple (Wen Miao) on Map

Sight Name: Confucian Temple (Wen Miao)
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai   City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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