Urumqi Confucian Temple - best preserved Qing Dynasty style temple in Urumqi
Last Update: 17th October 2020
The Confucian Temple is a building complex of brick and wood structure in the Qing Dynasty style. It has the front and the rear halls, and two groups of side hall in the east and west. There are two symmetrical bell-and-drum buildings. The front hall offers overhanging eaves and brackets.
Urumqi Confucian Temple Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Confucian Temple (文庙)
- Area: 2,800 square meters
- Things to do there: Photography, Confucianism, Hiking
- Who visits: Photographers, Confucianism Learners, Hikers
- Time required: up to 1 x hour
Confucian Temple in Urumqi shows that Xinjiang is keeping in close touch with the mainland China. Black bricks, carved beams and painted rafters demonstrate the typical characteristics of the whole building. It is majestic, antique, elegant and quiet.
The temple features a rehearsal exhibition of Confucius at Decheng Hall, which combines the three characteristics of other Confucian Temples across China and gathers Confucius, the four of his followers and the twelve best followers at one room. At Dacheng Hall, you will be amazed at large statues and high relief statues. All of them are lifelike and awe-inspiring. There are various sacrificial utensils in front of the Confucius statue for visitors to pay homage.
The best time to visit the Confucian Temple is in the morning during the opening hours.
The best months to visit are from April to July and from September to October.
A few buses pass by the temple. Therefore, there are only a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the mosque. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 917 and Bus 919 to the Stop of Wenmiao (文庙)
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 13:30, 15:30 – 19:00 (Tuesday – Friday); 11:00 – 18:00 (Saturday – Sunday); the temple is closed on Mondays.
- As at 17th October 2020, it is free to visit Confucian Temple.
- During the Spring Festival and Spring Lantern Festival, the temple fair is worth visiting.