Temple of Agriculture, Beijing

Temple of Agriculture, Beijing

Temple of Agriculture lies to the east of Temple of Heaven. Also known as the Xiannong Tan or Agriculture Gold Altar, this temple was constructed in 1420. During the Qing and Ming Dynasty, this temple was where sacrificial ceremonies for Goddess of Taisui, Goddess of Rivers and Goddess of Hills were held.

Originally, the architecture reflected principles of Nanjing, previous capital of China. The same altar saw sacrificial ceremonies carried out for many Goddesses in keeping with Nanjing culture. Later on, in 1531, two more altars for Goddess of Earth and Goddess of Heaven were added. It was in 1576 that the temple was renamed Xiannong Tan.

Shape of the temple resembles the Temple of Heaven with its rectangular southern part and semi-circular northern part. An area of 1.3 million square meters is covered by double layered walls.

As you enter the temple, you will find five building structure groups that include Qingcheng Gong, Shenchu, Taisui Dian, Jufu Dian and Shencang. There are a total of four altars including altar for Goddess of Earth Dizhi Tan, altar for Goddess of Heaven, Tianshen Tan, Altar of Agriculture Xiannong Tan and farming viewing platform Guangeng Tai. This unique and interesting temple is a must-visit tourist attraction in Beijing.

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Sight Name: Temple of Agriculture
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Self-guided Tour: Places of Worship, South-West Beijing  

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Self-guided Tour: Places of Worship, South-West Beijing

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