"VISIT THE AMAZING TEMPLE OF HEAVEN" Temple of Heaven Tip by DennyP
Temple of Heaven, Beijing: 229 reviews and 504 photos
The day following my visit to The Forbidden City I planned to visit The Temple of Heaven Park located in the Chongwen District of Beijing I found it once again to be an inexpensive taxi ride ..The Taxi dropped me right at the Entrance to the park and , as I was told...This is a huge park..but my main reason to visit here is to see the Temple of Heaven..known as THE TEMPLE OF GOOD HARVESTS.. this is one of the TEN GREATEST TEMPLES IN THE WORLD
Located in the Temple of Heaven Park..This Temple is also known as The Temple of Good Harvests..Trying to always get to see one of these Top Ten Temples of the World is a must for me wherever I can find them, and I was looking forward so much to seeing this one..
Built in the year1420 the original Temple was square and known then as "The Great Hall of Sacrificial Rituals"..Rebuilt in the year 1545 The great Temple now had a triple eaved roof added each covered with blue, green, and yellow tiles , these symbolising Earth, Heaven and The Mortal World.
Once again in 1751 a major reconstruction took place and the Grand Temple was surmounted then by a triple tiered roof with bright blue glazed tiles only and renamed "The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.".
The Temple is so wonderfully ornate and its size is only surpassed by its magnificence..
(some stats) The Temple of Heaven is 38.2 meters high and 24.2 meters in diameter .The many huge pillars that support the Hall represent The 12 months of the year, The twelve time divisions of day and night and all the constellations..This Temple is the only existing example of this ancient style of architecture of Mingdang left in China.
This truly is an incredibly well maintained and manicured Park with many beautiful gardens and grassed areas with different Temples and , intricately painted buildings to see and enjoy..The day I visited The Temple Gardens there were many people here but as the gardens areas are so huge the people just seem to disperse..
Address: Located in the Teple of Heaven Gardens.
Directions: The Temple of Heaven Gardens are located in Chongweng district and is well known to taxi drivers ...not far from Beijing west Main Railway Station..I walked back to Tiananmen Square from The Gardens..
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