"22) Hall of Benevolence" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060

  Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City
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  • Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
  • Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City - Beijing
      Hall of Benevolence, Forbidden City
    by cal6060
 

After visiting the west halls, I continued to visit halls on the east side. I still got lost on my way to the east side, with so many red walls and palaces along the way with similar architecture. I only managed to see three halls on the east sides, including this hall, Hall of Quintessence and Hall of Justice.

The signboard of this hall was written as:

" Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, this hall was originally named Chang An Gong (Hall of Eternal Peace) and renamed Jing Ren Gong in 1535. It was renovated in 1655 during Qing Dynasty, but the original layout was left unchanged. In the Ming and Qing dynasties imperial concubines used it. In 1654 (Qing Dynasty) Xuanye (Emperor Kangxi) was born in this hall. Imperial Concubine Xi of Emperor Yongzheng, Imperial Concubine Wan of the Emperor Xianfeng and Imperial Concubine Zhen of Emperor Guangxuonce lived here. Jing Ren Gong and Yong Shou Gong (Hall of Immortality), which is one of the six western palaces, are located symmetrically along the central axial line of the inner court. The name of this hall comes from saying in The Analects of Confucius; " The intelligent are happy; and the benevolent live long."

NEXT: Hall of Quintessence (Zhongcui Palace)

In Chinese: 景仁宫 (Jing Ren Gong)

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

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2012
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