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“Second Largest Confucian Temple in China”

Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum
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Owner description: Originally built in 1302 and used as a place for sacrifices to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, this former temple lost its religious function during the “bourgeois revolution” in 1912 and currently houses the Capital Museum.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We have seen the Shandong Confucian temple, house and graveyard, so wanted to visit the 2nd largest one in China. We are very glad we did! We entered through a large, impressive gateway. To the left was a "forest" of stela engraved with the names of those who had successfully passed the Imperial entrance exams (well-worn and many inscriptions unreadable even if you could read Chinese). Of course, there's a huge statue of Confucius, along with a few of his disciples. There are also many other stela sitting atop statues of turtle/dragons, which are poems or commemorative stela. Some of them have English captions.

People came here beginning in the 14th century to pay homage to Confucius. They continue to do so today. In the courtyard is a 700 yr. old cypress tree that supposedly can tell the difference between good and evil people who pass beneath it.

There's a small museum with a few displays, such as a shopkeeper using a Confucian steel rod that was a measure of honesty. What I found interesting was the world map showing the location of Confucian societies. I had no idea!

The entrance fee was 30 yuan. Since the Imperial Academy site is close, combining the Confucius Temple with it makes sense. Supposedly, you can purchase entry tickets to both at the Imperial Academy, but, of course, we learned this after paying for both individually.

Thank Travelingmaven
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Visited this temple along with the Imperial Academy and the Lama Temple during a free day on a recent Beijing visit. Gotta say I liked it better than Lama. Assuming you have done the big three (Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace) already, this temple is worth the visit on Day 2 or 3. The grounds are very tranquil and were not at all crowded when I was there. There are some interesting exhibits about Confucius and the grounds are lovely. The architecture and decoration are not terribly different from what you would see else where but the reason to go is experience some tranquility in Beijing. I got a real sense of serenity there and the Imperial Academy next door (included in admission) was really interesting (then again, i am a college professor).

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This temple is only interesting if you are a big Confucius fan. It is very close to the Llama temple which has a cheaper admission price and is a much better complex. It's worth a visit if you have seen all of the other big sights but don't go out of your way just for this temple.

Thank Deb W
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Confucius Temple is an interesting and different temple. In China you do not find many good condition Confucius temples - each town generally had one and the Cultural Revolution destroyed many of them. This one is the second biggest in China and worthy of some of your time. It is best combined with a visit to the Lama Temple as they are spitting distance from each other.

It is relatively quite there, so you can explore without feeling rushed or claustrophobic.

Thank tombillinge
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We visited this temple on the last day of our five days in Beijing. We were so glad that we did. . The grounds are immaculate, there were no crowds so viewing the various areas of the temple was easily done. We learned a lot about Confucius while enjoying the quiet atmosphere of the temple. The entry price is so cheap only 10 Renminbi that equals about US$1.65. Don not forget your camera for some memorable pictures.

Thank sentellr
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