Confucian Temple and Guozijian Museum not be Missed

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Plan your Beijing Tour? The Temple of Confucius Temple and Guozijian Museum are worth your exploration for 1-2 hour. The two adjoining attractions – Confucian Temple and Guozijian (The Imperial College) have coalesced into one museum renamed “Confucian Temple and Guozijian Museum” since June, 2008.

If you are interested in Chinese culture and traditional etiquette as well as Beijing History, Confucian Temple and Guozijian Museum is not be missed.

Confucian Temple in Beijing is the place where people pay respect to Confucius, which has started since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), further to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Guozijian was once the national central institute of learning in Chinese dynasties in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was the highest institute of learning in China’s traditional educational system.

Travel Tips:

  1. Opening Hours
    High Season ( May – October ): 8:30am – 6:00pm ( no ticket selling after 5:30pm )
    Low Season ( November – April ) 8:30am – 5:00pm ( No ticket selling after 4:00pm )
  2. Entrance fee: RMB 30 per person
  3. How to get there

Subway:

Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong (Lama Temple) Station, come out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 500 meters, then you’ll find Chengxian Jie (Chengxian Street) on your right hand and walk westward for 200 meters, and you will find Confucian Temple and Guozijian Imperial College on your right side.

Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong (Lama Temple )Station, and come out of the station from Exit D (Southwest Exit).

Bus Route:

Take bus 3, 116 or 117 and get off at Yonghegong Station.
Take bus 13, 18, 44(小), 44(大), 62, 75, 116, 606, 800(内), 800 (外), 909 or 特2
Take bus 125 and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Bei Station.

Get off at Yonghegong (Lama Temple) Station, come out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 500 meters, then you’ll find Chengxian Jie Archway (Chengxian Street Archway) on your right hand and walk westward for 200 meters, and you will find Confucian Temple and Guozijian Imperial College.
Enter the main gate of Comfucian Temple and you will see the Statue of Confucius.
Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius is often held.
Inside the Dacheng Hall

Inside the temple you will find 198 stone tablets are placed on either side of the front courtyard, containing over 50,000 names of Jinshi ( advance learners ) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties as well 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

198 stone tablets are placed on either side of the front courtyard
14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties

Through the middle door connecting the two sites, you can go from Confucian Temple to Guozijian Imperial College.

Through the middle door connecting the two sites, you can go from Confucian Temple to Guozijian Imperial College.
Built in 1783, Glazed Archway of Guozijian has three portals, four pillars.

Built in 1783, Glazed Archway of Guozijian has three portals, four pillars.

Biyong Hall is the main building of Guozijian Imperial College, to the north of the glazed archway. The hall is surrounded by a circular moat. This is the place the emperors gave lectures.

Biyong Hall is the main building of Guozijian Imperial College
In the middle courtyard, there are six halls contain 66 classrooms.

In the middle courtyard, there are six halls contain 66 classrooms.

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