Jianshui Confucius Temple

Entrance Fee: CNY30

Opening hours:08:00—18:00

The Jianshui Confucius Temple holds a special significance among the scenic spots mentioned above. Dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it was the largest Confucius Temple of its time, second only to the Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province, in terms of scale. With its traditional Chinese architectural style, the temple faces south and extends 625 meters deep, covering an expansive area of 114 mu (18.78 acres) and comprising 31 buildings.

Upon approaching the temple, visitors are greeted by a majestic memorial archway, marking the entrance to this revered site. Beyond the archway lies the PanChi Pool or Xuehai (Sea of Learning), a tranquil lotus pool spanning 42 mu (6.9 acres) and renowned as the largest of its kind in the country. Enclosed by red walls, the pool features the Diao’ao Pavilion, symbolizing achievement in career and fame.

Passing through several gates and courtyards, visitors arrive at the Ancestral Master Hall, the central edifice of the Confucius Temple. Positioned on the highest terrace along the vertical axis of the complex, this hall serves as the focal point for sacrificial rituals honoring Confucius. In front of the hall stands a bronze incense burner, adorned with intricately carved elephant heads symbolizing the cultural heritage of South Yunnan.

Overall, the Jianshui Confucius Temple serves as a testament to the cultural fusion between the Han and other ethnic groups of South Yunnan. Through its grand architecture and rich historical significance, the temple offers visitors a glimpse into the profound legacy of Confucianism in the region.

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