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“Room for improvement”
Review of Wugong Temple

Wugong Temple
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Room for improvement”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Luckily for me my wife is Chinese so she interpreted the guides tour. There we're signs in English but not enough information to explain the importance of the temple. The rather rather disappointing but free Haikou museum is next to it. Do not confuse with the much better Hainan museum.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Epitome of badly managed cultural relics”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Visited the temple and although the price is cheap, the condition inside is, well pathetic. Dirt and leaves everywhere, and not a single bench was clean enough to sit on.

The attendants were all sleeping, except one girl who was playing on her cellphone and didn't even bother a glance at us. This is 11am in the morning. Just affirms the stereotype of lazy Hainanese.

This place needs a revamp, seriously! How can Hainan claim to be an international tourist destination when most of the signage isn't even bilingual.

Like many things in China, this place has great potential. However I wouldn't recommend it for anyone visiting since you'll just walk away sadly disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore
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321 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“LITTLE TO SEE, LESS TO LEARN”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Signages are all in Chinese. Non-Chinese educated visitors won't have clue as to whats happening. Why were the 5 officials banished? Why did a subsequent emperor build the halls in their memories?

The stone statues of the 5 lords have only Chinese text. Non-Chinese educated visitors will be at a loss trying to figure out what is being said.

The halls and displays don't seem to be old - except for the bells and cannons. Restoration, poorly done, is obvious.

There was a hall with modern art paintings on exhibition on the 2nd floor. It seemed oddly out of place.

The pond with the arch-bridge with modern high-rise building in the background - is an incongruent site. The grounds should be developed and maintained to add charm to the site. Think manicured lawns, stone lanterns, landscaped gardens, proper benches to sit on whilst resting and enjoying the pond scene. Floral plants other than water lilies should be cultivated to add colour to the drab setting. A little fountain to liven things ... should be added. Willow trees dipping down to frame the arch-bridge? Perhaps? Worth a second visit? Sadly .. no.

Visited June 2012
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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119 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Ancient school and Modern Museum”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

Wugong Temple is a combination of an Old school complex, combined with modern museum which display the history of Hainan.

The school complex, is a complex that was build several hundreds years ago to teach the local Hainan people how to read and write Chinese.

As per June 2011, the entrance fee is 20 Yuan.

Visited June 2011
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Beijing, China
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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Didn't feel that old”
Reviewed February 9, 2011

Maybe I've been soiled living and travelling in China. However this place did not feel very old. Most of the things there were copies and it has been heavily restored. Not worth your time unless you have a lot of time.

On the plus side it was 30 RMB per person to get in so if you want to visit somewhere it was not bad value.

Visited February 2011
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