"24) Hall of Quintessence" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cal6060

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

Hall of Quintessence is another west palace that I had visited. This hall had less crowd during my visit, it could be less interesting as the buildings on west side are pretty much the same. But I think they have different stories and history background as compare to other halls.

The signboard was written as:

" Constructed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, this hall was originally named Xian Yang Gong (Hall of Universal Justice) and was renamed Zhong Cui Gong (Hall of Quintessence) in 1535. In 1571, the front hall was named Xing Long Dian (Hall of the Rising Dragon) and the rear hall, Sheng Zhe Dian (Hall of the Sages). Later , the hall was renamed Zhong Cui Gong. In the Ming Dynasty, it was used by imperial concubines and once served as the palace of the crown prince. In the Qing Dynasty, the imperial concubines were its primary occupants. Empress Dowager Ci An and Empress Long Yu, wife of Emperor Guangxu, lived here. Empress Dowager Ci An passed away in this hall. The words 'Zhong Cui' mean 'gathering quintessence.' Zhong Cui Gong is symmetrical with Chu Xiu Gong (Palace of Gathering Excellence), one of the six palaces in the west. These two halls are located along opposite sides of the central axial line of the inner court. "

NEXT: Hall of Justice (Jingyang Palace)

In Chinese: 钟粹宫 (Zhong Cui Gong)

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the west 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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