The Temple of Heaven (Chinese: 天坛; pinyin: Tiāntán) is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for a good harvest. The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world's great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries."
The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor of Ming Dynasty, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is currently located in Dongcheng Beijing, China. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. JiaJing also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of the Sun (日壇) in the east, the Temple of Earth (地壇) in the north, and the Temple of Moon (月壇) in the west. The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor. By then, the state budget was insufficient, so this was the last large-scale renovation of the temple complex in imperial times.
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Lourens de Beer | Mar 29, 2018
One of my favourite places that I visited in Beijing. The gardens are well cared for and the buildings are breathtaking. It was an unforgettable experience and should really be on anyone's list of places to see.
Omni Corder | Mar 20, 2018
Lovely park in Beijing to visit and just wander around. Tickets are priced to just enter the park or get a through ticket (prices vary during seasons Y28 in March) that gives you entry into 3 of the buildings too including the Halls. It's less busy than the Forbidden City which makes it more spacious to wander about. You can find locals sitting on the benches playing cards or smoking. Connect to the heavens and make inner peace with yourself and the universe here!
Anabel Hernandez-Mejia | Apr 1, 2018
Absolutely beautiful all around. The downside is that this temple, being the biggest attraction, gets overcrowded. You cannot go inside it (temple protective reasons) only look inside through several entryways all around. These get crowded. I'm sure there are better days/times to go to avoid some of the crowds. I went in June.
Augustin Crochat | Feb 3, 2018
The entrance fee is very cheap, I do not remember exactly the price, but it was around 2 Yuan. The park is immense, besides from the Temple of Heaven, which is the main attractive and largest structure, there are many other places to visit within the park. It is usually not very crowded, which makes it a very pleasant place to be, given you are in the center of one of the most populated and busiest cities of the world. I would recommend this place for families with children and people who want to know more about Chinese culture. It will take a bit more than half a day to visit the whole place, and as far as I'm concerned it is not possible to buy food there, so bring some snacks with you.
Stephan Fonseca | Jan 22, 2018
First place we been to backpacking in China. Have to say this was the most crowded attraction we've been to in all of China. At the time we didn't think about it being the middle of the day on the weekend. But live and learn right. Great to see some of these temples finally as seen on tv. Really cool the way they were built and designed. Not a bad first attraction in Beijing!
Christian J. | Apr 29, 2018
Nice park to walk around in. A lot of things cost extra money even if you buy the all inclusive ticket, and most things are really just interesting if you are really, really interested in temples as most are closed and you just can look inside through a small window. The only thing might be the big temple on the hill, but that is only worth it on the few days where there isn't smog in Beijing and you can enjoy the view. So maybe just spend the 15 yuan for a nice walk in the park and buy some ice cream instead of spending it for the fees. Nice, clean toilets.
Jack Medlin | May 10, 2018
The Temple of Heaven was a beautiful sight. The ascent up the stairs is amazing, and there are so many opportunities for amazing photos. The colors of the temple are vibrant, and the attention to detail is jaw dropping. The Temple of Heaven is a staple of Chinese history and culture. I would definitely say this is a must-see if you are in Beijing!
Bruno Schwizer | Apr 30, 2018
Dot on the map is off slightly. It's to the east of the dot. Nice main temple with several buildings on the side. There is an entrance fee for the whole park as well. Tip: If limited on time, definitely do summer palace first. Can easily spend an entire day there with the mountain embedded temples and the huge lake view and the boat rides and the stroll along the lake coast. Not that Sumer temple is bad but it doesn't hold a candle to summer palace. It's like comparing Portland to New York.
barbara pongračić | Apr 26, 2018
Beautiful big temple where ceremonies and prayers for good harvest have been performed. All roofs in the temple are blue (not yellow as usual). The temple is built to represent symbolism of connection of Earth and Heaven with squares, representing the Earth, and circles as Heaven. Also, the symbolism of number nine, representing the Emperor also visible. There are three main constructions: the Hall of prayer for Good Harvests, where Emperor would pray. It's the circular construction on the marble stone. The second is The Imperial Vault of Heaven, built inside the Echo Wall. If two persons standing in opposite sides of the wall, they can hear each other speak. The third is the Circular Mound Altar, platform on three levels built of marble stone. The temple is surrounded by magnificent park, people walking, playing cards and board games, and socializing. The East Gates of the temple are easy to reach by Subway No. 5. Across the street is the famous Pearl Market, popular with tourists. It is possible to buy the ticket only for the park, or a ticket for the park and the temple. The park ticket is 15 RMB, while combo ticket is 34 RMB in peak season.
Kipp Ellsworth | Jun 10, 2018
The Temple of Heaven featured a picturesque park interconnecting several temple complexes of great historical significance. Fortunately, unlike The Palace Museum, the Temple of Heaven Park did include some artifact displays with English language translations for those interested in learning more about Chinese history. All in all, well worth the cheap admission fee and convenient to access via the nearby subway station at the East entrance.
Spence Meyers | Jun 21, 2018
This place is fantastic. It is beautiful, historic and spiritual. Beautiful blue roofs. A lot of walking but it is worth it. Haggle and no-haggle gift shops.
David Geuens | May 30, 2018
This place is beautiful and lots to see. Very colourful temple on huge grounds. Also very close to the long corridor. A paradise for photographers. Definitely worth a visit for young and old.
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