"17) Palace of Blessings to Mother Earth" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060
Forbidden City - The Palace Museum, Beijing: 475 reviews and 998 photos
This imperial palaces were built systematically, but it was still difficult to locate the palace I wanted to visit. They have the same walls around which are red with same heights, and all the gates look very similar. I was using my iphone's compass to direct myself to the right direction, otherwise it is just like a maze. Palace of Blessings to Mother Earth is called " Yi kun Gong" was another residence for the imperial concubines.
The signboard was written as:
" Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, it was named Wan An Gong (Palace of Myriad Peace). It was later renamed because of its close proximity to the three palaces of the inner court. "Yi" means "guarding and assisting." It was renovated in 1884 in celebration of Empress Dowager CiXi's 50th birthday and was linked by four courtyards to Chu Xiu Gong (Palace of Gathering Excellence).
During the Qing Dynasty it was the residence for imperial concubines. When Empress Dowager Cixi lived in Chu Xiu Gong (Palace of Gathering Excellence), the imperial concubines paid their respects by kowtowing to Cu Xi here at important festivals. "
NEXT: Hall of Great Supremacy (Taiji Hall)
In Chinese: 翊坤宫 (Yi Kun Gong)
Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the west of Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
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