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“Confucius really did say...”

Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum
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Walking Tour of Beijing Streets and Hutongs with Confucius Temple
Ranked #30 of 1,606 things to do in Beijing
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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.
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Confucius really did say...”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is more a museum now and details the life and influence of Confucius on China and the rest of the world (in English and Chinese). Fascinating buildings and courtyards. Well worth the small admission fee. NB students may get discount if they have valid Student ID.

Visited April 2014
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Chengdu, China
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“Two for the price of one!”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

For 30RMB/person you can see the Confucius temple and Imperial college/academy (Guozijian) museum. Personally, I think this attraction is much more interesting and fun than the Yonghegong temple down the street (25RMB/person) because I learned so much about Confucius - as a incredible thinker and historic figure - and the imperial examination system during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. There is considerably less traffic in the attractions and these sites are well-maintained. There was also a very nice and interesting special art exhibit of modern paintings of Chinese dragons while I was there. The museums for both the Imperial Academy and the Confucius Temple had good English translations and explanations for their exhibits. I strongly recommend that you visit this attraction because it's well worth the ticket price!

Visited February 2014
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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“Confucius Temple and Imperial College Museum”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

The Confucius Temple was lovely to visit. It also had a good exhibition in some of the buildings.
Next to it in the same park is the Imperial College Museum which was fascinating. This was the college for those who wanted to pass exams and be accepted to gain positions as high ranking officials. It was very advanced in its time but has been closed for many years now.
You will need a guide to help you to appreciate this site.

Visited January 2014
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Bangkok
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“Quiet with a nice museum”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Although this temple is not very pretty compared to some other parts in Beijing, it's also not very busy which makes it relaxing. The museum on Confucius is quite well done and the temple grounds are pretty.

Visited January 2014
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“Tranquil, beautiful and under-rated”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

It is many year since I first visited the Museum/Temple and I was soo pleased I went back. It's not high on the known list of attractions even though it is close to the Lama Temple so is cheap to go in an very peaceful. Some of the side hall exhibitions are a little tame but the place overall is quite beautiful and the ancient trees so unusual and photogenic.

Visited November 2013
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