"9) Hall of Union" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
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The Hall of Union is located between the Palace of Heavenly Purity and Palace of Earthly Tranquility. This square building has similar architecture as the Hall of Central Harmony. This was also a ceremonial site. Great photo opportunity this building together with the Palace of Heavenly Purity. Don't miss beautiful golden rooftop with ancient light, and the golden door knobs.
The signboard was written as:
" This hall was constructed from 1522 to 1566during the Ming Dynasty and was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty. This square hall is three bays wide and three bays deeps with single eaves and pyramid-shaped roofs on the floor corners. Each roof has a gold-plated top similar to but smaller than that of Zhong He Dian (Hall of Central Harmony). In the center of the hall, there is a throne, behind which hangs a board inscribed with words written by Emperor Kangxi, meaning "doing nothing." Below the board, there is a screen with an inscription by Emperor Qianlong, on the left side is a copper clepsydra (a kind of ancient Chinese water clock), and on the right side is a bell . In the Qing Dynasty a yearly grand ceremony was held here on the empress' birthday, the lunar New Year and the Winter Solstice. In 1748, Emperor Qianlong placed 25 jade seals, symbolizing imperial power, in this hall. On the "Day of Opening Up Treasures" in the first lunar month, the emperor held a grand ceremony.
The words "Jiao Tai" come from The Book of Changes and mean the union of heaven and earth. Hence, Jiao Tai Hall is situated between Qian Qing Gong (Palace of Heavenly Purity) and Kun Ning Gong (Hall of Earthly Tranquility). "
NEXT: Palace of Earthly Tranquility (Kunning Palace)
In Chinese: 交泰殿 (Jiao Tai Dian)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In Inner Court, Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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