"5) Hall of Central Harmony" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
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Hall of Central Harmony is the resting place for the emperor before any ceremonies. It is located in the center between Hall of Supreme Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.
The signboard was written as:
" First constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Zhong He Dian was destroyed and reconstructed several times over the centuries. The existing hall was constructed in 1627 during the Ming Dynasty. in the early Ming Dynasty, this hall was called Hua Gai Dian (Hall of Over Whelming Glory) but was renamed Zhong Ji Dian (Hall of Central Extremity) in 1562 and Zhong He Dian in 1645 during Qing Dynasty. The square building has a single pyramid-shaped roof, with a gold plated bronze covering. The floor is paved with high-quality square clay bricks, commonly known as "golden bricks." A throne is placed in the center of the hall and a board hangs above the throne with inscription written by Emperor Qianlong. The inscription reads: "Yun Zhi Jue Zhong" meaning "The Way of Heaven is profound and mysterious and the way of mankind is difficult. Only if we make a precise and unified plan and follow the doctrine of the mean, can we rule the country well."
This hall served as a resting place for the emperor on his way to attend an important ceremony or hold court. Officials kowtowed to the emperor here. The day before the emperor held a sacrificial ceremony he would read the prayer tablet aloud in this hall. Before offering sacrifices at the Altar of the God of Agriculture, the emperor examined ceremonial farm tools here. After the revision of the imperial pedigree, which was revised once every ten years, the emperor read the pedigree out loud and held a grand ceremony at the hall. The words "Zhong He" come from the Book of Rites, meaning " When we handle matters properly and harmoniously without leaning the either side, all things on earth will flourish."
NEXT: Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohe Hall)
In Chinese: 中和殿 (Zhong He Dian)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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