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Temple of Emperors of Successive Dynasties in China Reopens


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After two-year’s renovation, the Museum of the Temple of Emperors of Successive Dynasties in China was reopened to the public on December 23, 2020.

The temple was originally built in 1530, the ninth year of Emperor Jiajing’s reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it functioned as an imperial temple to worship the emperors of successive dynasties in China. It worships 188 emperors from the Three Sage Kings in ancient times to Emperor Chong Zhen in the Ming Dynasty in its main shrines, as well as 79 famous government officials and military officers in the left and right side halls.

The "Eight Legendary Kings and Chinese Surnames" exhibition is on view again, as a highlight of the museum. From the unique perspective of the Three Sovereigns and Five Sage Emperors, the exhibition reveals the relationship between Chinese surnames and Chinese ancestors, introduces the cohesive role of Chinese surnames in the integration of China’s ethnic groups, and shares classical family rules, family precepts and family traditions in history by graphic and digital means. Some interactive and multimedia devices are also set up in the exhibition. For example, 200 Chinese surnames derived from the Three Sovereigns and Five Sage Emperors are displayed via the “Magic Wall” display technology. Visitors can find their own surnames on the "wall", and know the origin of the surname, the distribution of the surname, relevant couplets, as well as relevant family traditions and precepts.

A Guan Yu-themed exhibition is also reopened to the public with a new look in the west side courtyard, bringing a new experience to visitors.

The museum’s opening hours are 9:00 to 16:30 on Wednesday to Sunday, and it’s closed on Monday and Tuesday. Daily numbers of visitors will be capped in the museum through online reservation with visitors’ real names.



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