With an area of about 4400 square meters and an overall construction area of 1500 square meters, it boasts a majestic, elegant and pristine architectural style. It was the Confu...
Brief of Hangzhou Confucian Temple
Hangzhou Confucian Temple was formerly the Lin’an Prefectural School in the Southern Song Dynasty. Built in the 1st year of Shaoxing (1131), it is now located in 8 Fuxue Alley, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou. With an area of about 4400 square meters and an overall construction area of 1500 square meters, it boasts a majestic, elegant and pristine architectural style. It was the Confucian temple during the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, which explains why it now holds an extremely important status in the history of Hangzhou.
It has collected over 500 various inscriptions from the Tang to Qing Dynasty, for example, handwritings of emperors, local historical biographies, masterpieces of Chinese calligraphy, figural representations, galaxy maps and water conservancy projects. Among them are the most well-known Southern Song Stone-Scripture created by Emperor Gaozong of the Song Dynasty, Inscriptions of Sixteen Arhats by Guanxiu, Inscription of Confucius and his 72 students by Li Gonglin and Inscription of the Universe in the Five Dynasties. What’s more, in this temple, there are imperial steles from the Southern Song Dynasty to Qing Dynasty and inscriptions of handwritings of calligraphy masters such as Wang Xizhi, Wang Xianzhi, Su Dongpo, Mi Fu and Zhu Yunming.