Bejing Temple of Confucius

Admission Fee CNY 30
Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).
Opening Hours May to October: 08:30 to 18:00, tickets sale ends at 17:00
November to April: 08:30 to 17:00, ticket sale ends at 16:30
Note: The museum is not open on Mondays.
Recommended Time for a Visit One hour

The Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the second largest Confucian Temple in all of China, (the  largest one is in Confucius’ hometown – Qufu). 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). In 1928, the temple was opened to the public. After the founding of People’s Republic of China, it was listed as municipal preservation of cultural relic and later became Capital Museum. Now it is a museum consisting of multiple scholarly halls and stone steles and showcasing the educational system in imperial China.

There are four courtyards in the temple:

Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher)

Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment) to held the memorial ceremony for Confucius

Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment)

Chongshengci (Worship Hall)

There are 198 stone tablets inside the temple that are places on either side of the front courtyard. The temple also houses the 700 year old Chujian Bai or Touch Evil Cypress.

Beside the Confucius Temple lies Guozijian Museum, which was originally constructed in 1306 and was once the site of the Imperial College, China’s most important educational institution throughout the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Today, the museum showcases the exam system used to select talent for government roles in feudal China.

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