Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Temple of Heaven
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Parks • Religious Sites • Government Buildings
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Built in 1420 with a total area of 270 acres, this is the largest building for religious worship in China, which was originally used by the Ming and Qing emperors to pay homage to Heaven and to pray for a year of rich harvest.
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richiel747
Richmond, Canada328 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful visit to the Temple of Heaven. It was busy on New Years Day and many come to pray at the beginning of the New Year. With Covid restrictions in place, we could not buy a ticket via WeChat however we were able to pay for the ticket in cash when we arrived on site. As a visitor, you do need your passport number to visit the site. The history is incredible and it provides great insight to the spiritual side of ancient times. The buildings are amazing and if you time you visit right when the light is low, the sun lights up the interiors so you can really appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these buildings. You can race around and see the buildings or spend a lot of time wandering around.
Written January 1, 2022
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Jenny Goh
Singapore, Singapore209 contributions
Family
I visited 20 years ago. This time, I brought my family and kids to visit and the kids loved playing with the echo Wall.

Before getting to the temple of heaven, we had to walk through the park. Try to go early in the day, so you can see the folks playing cards and singing folk songs. I was quite familiar with the songs they sang although I wasn’t from China.

It was winter in Beijing so we could see some snow in the premise. We spent 1 morning here soaking in the atmosphere and visiting the museum.
Written January 4, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. An example of wooden Chinese architecture. The 40-meter-long circular Pavilion of Prayer for the Annual Harvest, which does not use nails, is an example of Confucian architecture that dates back to the Ming era. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven, the human world and God's world. A beautiful place, extremely charming, peaceful and unique. Worth seeing.
Written September 29, 2021
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL234 contributions
Located in the middle of a large and pretty park, this round temple is ornately decorated and served as the place where the Emperor would come to pray in the Spring for a successful planting and in the Fall in thanks for a plentiful harvest. This park is widely used by the local populous as a place for their children to play or adults to exercise. On the walkway to the temple you will typically find many locals engaged in games of chance or chess or backgammon. Good place for relaxation and picture taking.
Written April 8, 2020
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA826 contributions
Beautiful and expansive grounds with the actual Temple as the highlight. As a foreigner, make sure you buy tickets on WeChat (follow their official account) in advance and carry your passport with you. Easy to then just have your QR code scanned and get in. Don't just go and hope you get tickets. While crowded, grounds are vast and you can check our gardens, other temples, courtyards, altars etc. We were lucky and caught sunshine which made for great pictures. Definitely do when in Beijing.
Written May 9, 2021
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TonyTimeShare
Dallas, TX381 contributions
I spent the morning exploring the area around the Temple of Heaven in January. There are other temples in the large park and I suggest you opt for the multi-attraction ticket. It's only 28RMB or about $4. It gets you into the Temple of Heaven and two others.

The park area around the temples is very tranquil and a nice respite from the busy city. Tree lined pathways abound. You can see people doing tai chi, playing card games along the long corridor and practicing dance near the north gate. A very pleasant way to spend some time looking at temples and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the park.
Written January 20, 2020
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China288 contributions
Solo
When I first came to Beijing, everyone was recommending this sight to me. They say when Chinese people travel to the capital, they travel here. I can see why, surreal building and great park. Reminder that everywhere you go in China you have to pay for the park fee and then inside you pay for the monument fee. But well worth it, I highly recommended the temple of heaven!
Written February 5, 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
We took the subway to visit this attraction and found it to be very accessible. It is a big complex, but not as big as the forbidden city. Entrance fee is reasonable around 35 yuan, but free for seniors like most of China's parks. Needed 1-2 hours to walk about. Took many photos.
Written March 3, 2020
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The Wandering Chris
Columbus, GA113 contributions
When I visited entry fee was 35RMB or $4.94 USD. What caught me of guard while visiting was the HUGE Calisthenics area in the park, full of people working out. 60 year old men crushing Muscle Ups, dips, everything. I was able to jump in and do a few swing between bars as well. Great time highly recommend it.
Written June 8, 2020
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Monika K.
Ozarow Mazowiecki, Poland93 contributions
This temple complex is one of the symbols of the Chinese capital. It consists mainly of three groups of buildings: Pavilion of Prayer for Birth, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Round Altar. The complex is located in a huge 273 ha park. The building was built during the Ming dynasty. The main architectural premise is to cast shapes symbolizing the sky (wheel) and earth (square). The entire complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.
I recommend taking a walk around the beautiful and well-kept park, where we will meet Chinese practicing Tai-Chi or playing Mahjong.
Written April 10, 2020
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