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Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple

Free admission
No.13 Guozijian Street

The Basics

Confucius Temple has four separate courtyards, four main buildings—Xianshi Gate, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Hall, and Chongsheng Temple—and numerous pavilions. There are also nearly 200 stone steles on which are inscribed the names of officials who passed the highest level of imperial exams, as well as the 13 Classics of Confucius, also known as the Qianlong Classics. Dotted around the complex are statues of Confucius and many old cypress trees, the most famous of which is the 700-year-old Chujian Bai (Touch Evil Cypress). Next to the temple, on the same grounds, is the Imperial College, or Guozijian Museum, and the site where emperors would recount Confucian classics to students.

Located close to the famous Lama Temple, many visitors visit both temples together, along with other attractions such as Dongyue Temple or nearby hutongs, either independently or as part of a guided tour. Some tours incorporate activities such as a rickshaw ride or calligraphy lessons.

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4-Hour Private Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, Guozijian Museum with Dim Sum
4-Hour Private Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, Guozijian Museum with Dim Sum
$108.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Well worth taking this tour.
We did the tour on Sept 26, 2019 in Beijing. Our female tour guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. She was a delight to be with on our tour. The dim sum restaurant our guide took us too was delicious. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to experience the culture and the food of Beijing.
H7667KPjohns, Oct 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Confucius Temple is a must-visit for those who want to better understand the impact of Confucianism on Chinese culture.

  • The admission fee to enter the Confucius Temple also covers the Guozijian Museum.

  • Plan to spend at least an hour to visit both the temple and the museum.

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How to Get There

Confucius Temple is located in Beijing’s Dongcheng district. Take the subway Line 2 or Line 5, get off at Yonghegong Station (Exit G), and walk southwest. Alternatively, take bus number 13 or 684 to Guozijian Station, or bus 116 or 117 to Yonghegong (Yonghe Temple) Station.

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When to Get There

The temple is open year-round, with slightly reduced hours from November to April. During this same period, the museum is closed on Mondays.

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The 13 Classics

There are more than 630,000 characters forming the 13 Classics carved in the Confucius Temple’s stone steles. These cover theBook of Changes, theBook of History, theBook of Songs, and theAnalects, among other key Confucian classics. The characters were engraved over a period of four years during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, which is why they are also referred to as the Qianlong Classics.

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