Nanjing Confucius Temple

Dacheng Hall Jiangnan Examination School (Jiangnan Gongyuan)
Entrance Fee CNY30;
CNY15 for children between 1.3 and 1.5m (4.3 – 4.9 feet).
Opening Hours 9:00 – 21:30 9:00 – 22:00

The Confucius Temple, also known as Fuzimiao in Chinese, stands as a testament to the reverence for Confucius, the esteemed philosopher and educator of ancient China. Originally constructed in 1034 during the Song Dynasty, the temple has endured numerous reconstructions throughout its storied history.

One of the most significant instances of destruction occurred in 1937, when the temple was reduced to ruins by Japanese aggressors. However, in 1984, under the support of the local government, the temple was meticulously rebuilt, preserving its architectural integrity while expanding into a complex reminiscent of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Today, the Confucius Temple complex encompasses not only the Nanjing Confucius Temple itself but also the China Imperial Examination Museum and Xue Gong, the Imperial Academy. Despite its expansion and modernization, the complex continues to be referred to as the Confucius Temple by locals and visitors alike, honoring the enduring legacy of Confucius and his teachings. As a cultural landmark and symbol of traditional Chinese wisdom, the Confucius Temple remains a cherished destination for those seeking to pay homage to one of China’s greatest sages.

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