Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple
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A grand complex of monuments and buildings in the hometown of the great philosopher and educator.
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,634 contributions
Sep 2019
We came here on a private tour of Shandong and had a guide of our own making this a more meaningful trip. The San Kong Tourist Site included the Confucius Temple, The Kong Family Mansion and the Confucius Cemetery. The Temple is the first site and seemed crowded at the entrance but it is spacious enough inside that the crowd really didn't make a lot of difference. Coming here as an educator meant a lot to me. Instead of worshiping, paying respect was more for me. Wonderful visit at this great site.
Written May 17, 2020
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JeffCypress
Buenos Aires, Argentina375 contributions
Jul 2016
This is a huge temple complex with many interesting aspects. It is really worth getting a local guide (c. RMB250) to understand the place, the history of Confucius and how he fits in to the story of China. It is also worth seeing the Confucius Mansion (next door) and the cemetery which is five minutes away by taxi.

The scale of the temple is awe inspiring as is the craftsmanship and beauty of the setting.
Written July 28, 2016
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VenxB
Mumbai, India46 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
Confucius is the anglicized name of KongFuzi. Visiting the San Kong (three Kong meaning The Confucius temple, Kong Family mansion and the Kong forest) was a very interesting experience. The main area of Confucius temple is itself an interesting experience. The large grounds with various mansions is in itself quite par for the course ancient China (pardon, i have been living here for 5 + years). Overall in it's grandeur it is quite comparable to the Forbidden city in Beijing and that is saying something. What was truly fascinating for me was the fact that this was a place of continuous 'worship' for over 2300 years (By contrast Forbidden city is a mere 600 years old :)). The original site where Confucius taught is a small pavilion (XingTan Pavilion). Additional grounds, various pavilions, Steles and structures were added by successive emperors from all the main dynasties Han, Tang, Song, Ming and Qing. [Of course the Qin emperor had no love lost for Confucius and hence had no contributions to the site !]. One hears a lot about the contiguity of Chinese history, a way a visit to the Confucius temple and surroundings is a live example of that. The way the temple has thrived over centuries, tells us something about the central role that Confucian thought has had over China. Before one gets to the main structure (Dacheng Hall) one passes through an area full of Steles written over centuries by different kings and emperors. Here we also see some of the structures that have been broken during the cultural revolution and since rejoined and kept for display. The town itself has a large no. of Kong family descendants. The main descendants of the family left China for Taiwan and to this day live in Taiwan. For anyone interested in fascinated by history and culture this is a must see site.
Written August 21, 2014
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PhilipGreisman
Tokyo, Japan1 contribution
Mar 2013 • Solo
It seemed to me that everything seemed new except for a partly damaged stone engraving , and some overturned grave stones. I later found out that what you are seeing is simply a reproduction. The temple was completely destroyed during the cultural revolution along with all the ancient manuscipts. The ancient statue of Confucius was paraded down the street with its heart symbolically cut out, his gravesite was dug up and the body in it was burned, and all the ancient grave markers were destroyed. This is actually documented in a letter sent to Mao Tse Dong by a leader of the red guard in 1966 saying it took over a month of around the clock work to 'level' everything. The guide didn't know anything about this, and I believed him. I want my tip back.
Written November 4, 2013
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kungfudad
Calgary, Canada42 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We chose to visit the temple only, and skipped the mansion and cemetery due to another engagement. The place has historical interest, but it is really run down. Honestly, I was rather bored with it, and was in and out in under an hour.
Written June 4, 2016
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MB125
England1 contribution
Out of all the places me and my partner visited in our 3 month trip of China, Qufu was the biggest dissapointment and the most expensive! Qufu was highly recommended in our guidebook for having this amazing confucius temple and basically being a wonderful town to spend a couple of days! The temple alone cost 90rmb entry or you could pay 150rmb for all three, thankgod we only paid the 90 and that was not worth it! The temple was no where near on par with any of the main temples in China and well over half was all locked up. What was open was not well maintained and was not worth a look anyway! Seriously would not recommend people bother with this unless you really really have to kill some time (in which case do a day trip). What is worth knowing though if you decide to visit and stay is that there is a fantastic brand new youth hostel on the road leading to the cemetary. This place was not on the internet when we visited and we only came across it by accident but we had a look and the place was lovely and only cost 90rmb for a double ensuite!!!
Written June 14, 2007
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AVNISH SINGH
Bengaluru, India328 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Beautiful temple, very close to the more popular Lama temple. It wasn't too peaceful or quiet when we visited, but it wasn't too crowded either. The entry ticket gives access to the temple and the Imperial college and the two places are next to each other, separated by a wall. We almost missed the college and got there by chance by going through the steles room.
Written October 1, 2019
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berr520
Copenhagen, Denmark82 contributions
Jul 2018 • Business
I was in Qufu for an office retreat and we were taken to the Confucius Temple. Honestly, I'm sure there are things to see and do here (and we had a guide so it was my fault for not paying attention), but the heat had me just wanting to leave the place. I really like the Confucius Temple in Beijing, but this one is much bigger, though I'm not sure about the details. If you're in Qufu (for whatever reason), this is definitely a must-see, but otherwise, I wouldn't say Qufu is really worth visiting.
Written September 19, 2018
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rzhang_1969
Zurich, Switzerland32 contributions
Aug 2018
With helps of our knowledgeable guide, it was very interesting to visit Confucius Temple in Qufu. According to Chinese culture and tradition, each new dynasty needs to destroy the previous one's family houses/temples to symbolise the establishment of new family orders or called dynasty (She Ji). Fortunately each and every dynasty in China honoured Confucius since this temple was setup. This culture and tradition have never been interrupted in China for almost 2000 years. That is no wonder why this temple can only become larger and more sacred, dynasty after dynasty. For me, it becomes the live fossil of Chinese family houses/temples/cemetery surviving so many wars and natural disasters.
Written September 6, 2018
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy114 contributions
May 2017
You can buy just one ticket (150 RNB) to enter three different places which are the Confucius temple, the Confucius mansion and the Confucius cemetery. The former two are next to one another. The latter is a bit far away. It takes around 15 minutes on foot.
I enjoyed my day in Qufu but only up to a point simply because I have been living in China for almost a decade. Therefore I have seen similar temples many times before. But for someone who is new of China, this place is truly enjoyable. Just a few words for the cemetery. This holy place is really huge. You can find several tombs here and there. After having strolled for half an hour I was sick and tired to see tombs. This is why I left the place. As for the tomb of Confucius, which is of course the main "attraction", it is easy to find it since it is pretty close to the entrance. As soon as you get inside the cemetery, it's more or less 100 meters on your left.
Written May 18, 2017
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