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Confucian Temple (originally 1035, current buildings 1474 onward)

Suzhou´┐Żs Confucian Temple was originally established by Fan Zhongyan in the 1035 under the Northern Song Dynasty for use as part of a school. The current buildings date from 1474 during the Ming Dynasty, or later. The complex consists of two courtyards: one to the east and one to the west. The east courtyard was used for the worship of Confucius and is dominated by the huge Hall of Great Attainment (Dashengdian) where the spirit tablets of Confucius and other important sages were housed. To the west is a second courtyard separated from the first by a wall, where the Confucian academy was located. The academy was run by the state and had facilities for students to live and study. The large hall to the north was where the local civil service exams were given. This part of the temple is now used for a flea market, and the buildings are currently used as storage spaces for old Suzhou beds that are dismantled and sold in pieces for their engravings.

The temple is directly to the west of the Surging Waves Pavilion, so visitors are advised to see both sites at the same time.


All images copyright 2008 Timothy M Ciccone.

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zhuo yi posted on Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:08 pm:

A Nobell - Take a bullet train for 50 rmb (you must bring a passport to buy your train ticket), a taxi for 300 rmb or have a look at a map they are free.

Zhuo yi posted on Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:06 pm:

D Lee - I was just there and I did not see the star tablet but there are hundreds to see so I may have missed it.

D Lee posted on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:55 pm:

Is the star tablet still there? Any photos of the setting?

A NOBELL posted on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:04 am:

How do I get to Suzhou from Shanghai ?