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Confucius Temple | Updated: 2011-07-27 14:26

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple


Located on Guozijian Street inside Anding Gate, the 700-year-old Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the place where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911).

The temple’s peaceful courtyard and ancient cypress trees make this one of the most pleasant temples in Beijing; it also has relics of prime significance, including the complete Confucian classics carved on massive stone steles.

The Temple of Confucius was initially built in 1302 and additions were made during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China, ranking only behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province.

This temple consists of four courtyards. The main structures include Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher), Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment), Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) and Chongshengci (Worship Hall). Dacheng Hall is the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius was often held.


10 yuan

Opening hours:

8:30 - 17:00




13, Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District

How to get there:

Bus: No. 13, 116 and 807, arrive at Yong Hegong; No. 104, 108, 113 and 407, arrive at Andingmen.


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