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Confucius Temple, Qufu

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With 104 buildings spread across 14 hectares (34.6 acres), Confucius Temple lies in the philosopher's hometown of Qufu and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Originally built two years after the sage's death in 478 BCE, the current complex features layers of additions by various dynasties, each of them offering their peculiar tributes to the founder of Chinese philosophy. Explore the compound's nine courtyards, housing stone reliefs and carvings depicting the life of Confucius, and containing some 1,250 ancient trees. Designed as an imperial palace with yellow tiles and intricately ornamented red walls, this revered temple offers a unique insight into the essence of ancient Chinese thought. Make Confucius Temple a part of your Qufu vacation plans using our Qufu tour planner.
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  • Temple of Kun-tszy was built on the birthplace of the great philosopher in the second year after his death and is the most important place of worship for the great thinker. The temple is very large, consists of 9 courtyards with pavilions, archways and passages, it almost 500 rooms. as the Imperial Palace was built to honor the memory of Confucius and promote his teachings. In the 9-storey Central longline Pavilion there is a statue of a teacher and a number of statues on both sides of his followers. Stone stelae stand in the yard with the texts on Kun-Zi, which sometimes are mounted on pedestals-turtles. The scale of the temple complex are amazing as reverence with which the Chinese refer to our great compatriot and its history. Surprised that a lot of visitors, but all they seem to dissolve some of the important places of reverence for them. you can make a keepsake gift a seal with its name. Loved it.
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  • Highly recommend seeing this temple. Is a true monument to a great Chinese person who was poor and unrecognized until after death. The grounds are gigantic and you will need 2-3 hours just to see ever...  more »
  • Of the three Confucian sights of Qufu, the Temple is the grandest and most worthwhile. There is so much interesting stonework and artwork in and on the various buildings. I'd never seen the "3D" colum...  more »