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Confucius Temple, Qufu

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World heritage site · Cemetery · Historic Site
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. Plan your visit to Confucius Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Qufu journey planner.
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  • We came here on a private tour of Shandong and had a guide of our own making this a more meaningful trip. The San Kong Tourist Site included the Confucius Temple, The Kong Family Mansion and the...  more »
  • I visited this as part of a tour group, so we had a built-in guide, and yes, as many others have said it is very helpful to have someone explaining the significance and history of the temple and...  more »

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