Nanning Confucian Temple locates in Qingxiu District, Nanning City. It covers an area of about 46 acres and the building area covers for 3,500 square meters. It is located at the foot of Qingxiu Mountain, facing to the north.
History of Nanning Confucian Temple
Nanning Confucian Temple was built during 1049-1054 of the Northern Song Dynasty. It was originally located in Waisha City. In 1227 of the Southern Song Dynasty, the temple was moved to the site of present. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, most of the buildings in the temple were gradually destroyed and only the Dacheng Hall was remained.
In May 2007, the reconstruction of the Nanning Confucian Temple began and was completed in January, 2011. The newly built Nanning Confucian Temple is one of the largest Confucian Temples in Guangxi and even in Lingnan Area.
Highlights of Nanning Confucian Temple
The main buildings of Nanning Confucius Temple include the Lianxing Gate, Zhuangyuan Gate, Zhuangyuan Bridge, Panchi Pond, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Hall, Chongsheng Temple and Minglun Hall. There are four pavilions in the Zhuangyuan Gate, each with the stele. The stele was inscribed the tablet inscriptions of the Confucian Temple recording the temple construction in different eras.
The majestic Dacheng Hall has seven rooms. In front of the hall, there are 8 columns caved with dragon patterns, with a length of 5 meters and a diameter of 1 meter. The five-clawed golden dragon circles around the pillars, splendid and lifelike.
Inside the Dacheng Hall, the seated statue of Confucius and the seated statues of Four Saints of Yan Hui, Kong Ji, Zeng Shen and Mencius are enshrined. The statue of Confucius is made of brass, which is 3.8 meters high. It is placed on the base of 1.5 meters high and it fully demonstrates Confucius's characteristics of warm, kind and mighty. On the walls around Dacheng Hall, there are the portraits and introductions of Confucian sages.
Chongsheng Temple locates behind the Dacheng Hall. The Chongsheng Temple maintains the primitive style of Ming and Qing architectures. On the surrounding walls in the temple, there are 50 terracotta murals fired by the famous terracotta artist Lu Quanzhi in Guangxi. The murals show the trajectory of Confucius' life through various stories. Inside the Chongsheng Temple, there are also the ancient Confucian classics on display, the introductions to the life of Confucius and other Confucius-related items over the years.