"Chen Clan Academy" Temple of Chen Family Tip by Willettsworld

Temple of Chen Family, Guangzhou: 13 reviews and 29 photos

The Chen Clan Academy was located outside the west gate of the city and built between 1888 and 1894. Contributed by the Chen families in seventy-two counties of Guangdong Province, the academy served as the hall for ancestor worship as well as temporary residence for examination or litigation. Covering a total area of 15,000 square metres, the academy is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings in a square form interspaced by courtyards and connected by covered verandas. The architectural decorations such as the wood carvings, brick carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, iron castings and paintings are amazingly detailed and elaborate in their design. The figures on the roof ridges adopt themes from mythology and classical literature. The academy holds the Guangdong Museum of Folk Art which displays cultural relics and works of folk art from around the province. More photos of the buildings can be found in my travelogues.

Open: 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RMB10.

Address: 7 Zhongshan Road in Guangzhou
Directions: Take the metro to Chenjiaci.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 12, 2008
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