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Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum

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Address: No.13 Guozijian Street, Beijing, China
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08:30 - 17:00
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Originally built in 1302 and used as a place for sacrifices to Confucius...

Originally built in 1302 and used as a place for sacrifices to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, this former temple lost its religious function during the “bourgeois revolution” in 1912 and currently houses the Capital Museum.

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Temple dedicated to Confucious

We visited this temple after the Lama Temple which is located nearby. This temple was constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China. On its... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did not have a chance to visit the museum as it was closed on Monday! It is quite frustrated that you only find out it was closed when you are physically there. The Closed notice was only displaced at the main entrance, whereas the side entrance display direction to walk to the main entrance to buy tickets without displaying... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want to go somewhere calm, peaceful... this is the place to be. Very beautiful and full of history.

Thank LulufromBrazil
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this site on our first full day in China. We arranged a private tour of some places not included on our group tour which began the next day. We visited here right after the Lama Temple. They were similar in some ways but different enough to merit visiting both. After the huge crowds at Lama Temple, this Temple... More 

Thank PegKay
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I went, it was a beautiful day. Tons of things to see, even had a headset tour guide in English. Very nice. Well kept, pretty interesting if you like these kinds of things. It got cloudy and a bit rainy, but I almost enjoyed the views even more.

Thank Joe P
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative attraction with numerous exhibits clearing introducing and explaining the history and background. Highly recommended for those who have taken an interest in Confucianism and its philosophy. The buildings and structures are well preserved for photography. The temple is a straight road down to Yonghehong Lama Temple and the Temple of the EarthPark which are 2 other highly recommended... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this temple after the Lama Temple which is located nearby. This temple was constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China. On its grounds is also the Guozijian, which is the institute of highest education in China. A wealth of historical facts about Confucius as well as the education system in feudal China is documented... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We visit the Temple of Confucius and Guozijian with 2 kids, age 11 and 9. The original intend was to educate them about the "examination" and "recruitment" system that was laid down more than 2000 years ago in Han Dynasty. Learn that the Temple of Confucius in Beijing was first built during Yuan Dynasty / Mongol Empire. The place is... More 

Thank Thia S
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We fell across these gardens and temples in the backstreets of Beijing. A lot of locals visit the temple and outlying buildings. Not as grand as the Lama Temple but good history and modest cost to enter, with some history attached. The nearby streets are filled with good restaurants if you need further incentives

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

First off, it's attached to the museum so it's closed on Monday. If you know little about Confucius then this is the place to learn. His lasting effect on worldwide education and integrity in public office is astounding. It's a little confusing to begin with as much of the early area is given over to the records of Chinese imperial... More 

Thank Timothy R
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

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.

Thank Deborah D

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