"19) Hall of Great Supremacy (Taiji Hall)" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060

  Hall of Great Supremacy, Forbidden City
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  • Hall of Great Supremacy, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Great Supremacy, Forbidden City
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  • Hall of Great Supremacy, Forbidden City - Beijing
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Hall of Great Supremacy was the only hall that emperor had stayed before during Ming Dynasty. It were many important ceremonies and festivals were held here during Ming Dynasty. It was still a residence for the imperial concubines during Qing Dynasty.

The signboard was written as:

" This building was first constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. After renovation in 1859, it was linked with Chang Chun Gong (Palace of Eternal Spring) and four courtyards were added. Originally it was named Wei Yang Gong (Endless Palace). It was renamed Qi Xiang Gong (Palace of the Auspicious Sign) by Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty, as his father Prince Xian was born here. It was named Tai Ji Dian in the late Qing Dynasty.
In 1596 during the Ming Dynasty, Qian Qing Gong (Palace of Heavenly Purity) and Kun Ning Gong (Hall of Earthly Tranquility) were destroyed by fire. Thereafter, Emperor Shenzong (Zhu Yijun) of the Ming Dynasty lived in Tai Ji Dian for more than 10 years. He was the emperor of either the Ming and Qing Dynasty who lived and handled state affairs in this hall. In the Qing Dynasty it was the residence for imperial concubines. Before Emperor Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, left the Imperial Palace, Emperor Tongzhi's Concubine Yu lived here. The words "Tai Ji" come from the Book of Changes and mean universe"

NEXT: Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Hall)

In Chinese: 太极殿 (Tai Ji Dian)

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In West of Forbidden City.
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.dpm.org.cn/

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