Temple of Confucius, Beijing

Temple of Confucius, Beijing (must see)

The Temple of Confucius was constructed in 1302 and later expanded to occupy 20,000 square meters. Today it holds the distinction of being the second largest in China. It is located close to the Imperial Academy on Guozijian Street.

As you enter the temple’s complex, you will find four courtyards that are aligned along the central axis. Some of the prominent structures that extend from south to north of the temple include the Dacheng Gate, Xianshi Gate, Chongshengci and the Dacheng Hall.

On each side of the front courtyard, you will find positioned 198 stone tablets with an inscription of names of Jinshi or advanced scholars from the Qing, Ming and Yuan dynasties. Ancient Chinese historical documents can be found at the Qing and Ming dynasty’s 14 stele pavilions made of stone.

Don't miss out on the drums made of carved stone. These drums were made during the Qianlong period between 1736 and 1795. In the Hall of Great Perfection, you will find an ancient Chinese musical instruments collection. Confucius’ shrine is also in this hall.

The temple ground features a variety of attractive carvings. Pay a visit to this beautiful and interesting temple on your trip to Beijing.

Tip:
The temple's gift shop has gorgeous paper cuttings and prints that you're less likely to find elsewhere. You can combine this visit with the Yonghe Temple, as they are less than 100m from each other. Also in front, you have the beautiful Dadu Museum of Art.

Opening Hours:
Temple & Mansion of Confucius: 8am-5:30pm; Cemetery of Confucius: 8am-6pm

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Temple of Confucius on Map

Sight Name: Temple of Confucius
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Religious
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