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“A quiet oasis with lots of information about Confucius”

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.
Pasadena, California
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“A quiet oasis with lots of information about Confucius”
Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

There are far fewer people here at the other temples in this area. The exhibition hall pass provide lots of information about Confucius, and the exhibitions are in English and Mandarin. Parents of students about to take their exams make up for most of the tourists. The tree-lined walkways are spectacularly serene, and a great place to walk and rest. Look closely at the stone pillars with their intricate Mandarin language carvings.

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Hamilton, Canada
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“Imperial College and Confucius were great”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

These places were not very busy and they were still as beautiful as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. I found the Imperial College really interesting to see how people were educated and what an honour and achievement it was to go to school there. There is a lot of information about how the schooling was. The Confucius temple was also interesting. The ancient instruments inside were great. The stone tablets throughout the temple grounds with all of the names of the students who graduated from the school were also interesting.

Visited May 2014
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Hawaii
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“Quiet and serene”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Compared to the Lama Temple (Yonghegong), this temple is serene and quiet. It has beautiful grounds and buildings that you can enjoy, as well as informative museums. I have been to Beijing a dozen times, but this was the first time I came here. I would suggest it for about 1 hour and do it in conjunction with the Lama Temple. It is a very short walk (10 min). From here, if you are an active walker, you can go on to Nanluoguxiang (Hutongs - great, but more commercial these days) and Yandaixie (Skewed Tobacco Street).

Visited May 2014
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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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