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Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, Beijing

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Learn about the revered intellectual and educator during a visit to Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, a temple housing a large set of artifacts relating to Confucius and Confucianism. Built in 1302 and greatly expanded over the years to now occupy a 20,000 sq m (215,278 sq ft) site, the temple represents one of the largest buildings dedicated to Confucius in the country. Rulers and officials paid their respects to the philosopher here until 1911, while today the temple area collects notable artifacts and artworks related to Confucius and his beliefs, including stone tablets engraved with the names of those who passed the Imperial Examination, and a statue of the great man himself. A visit to Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Beijing itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This temple is located to the North of the city and very near the Lama Temple. It is walk of the one to the other. Recommend visiting them in order of importance: first the of the Lamas and then the of Confucio. It was a Centre for studies of Confucius and all its doctrines. In it they studied many young people, although it was very expensive. It is the 2nd largest and very beautiful. Has many trees and called special attention the cypresses that must be some symbol for them. Nothing more enter there is an image of Confucio that we receive. There are several buildings that housed museums and a gallery where are them stelae (stones recorded) in which are recorded the 13 classic Confucian. It is a truly beautiful and pleasant place. To the side is the cemetery of Confucio and the residence of the family Kong.
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  • It was a very cold afternoon and while this was a pretty temple - a little like others - there was a fabulous teahouse nearby. I only wish I had a card from there. 
  • There was a lot to see here, but I was a bit disappointed that more wasn't done to preserve it. Overall, it had kind of a worn out feel compared with some of the other temples we visited, and some of ...  more »