This is the Confucius Temple in Beijing. The outside of these pavilions were renovated ahead of the 2008 Olympics, but look carefully and you can see they didn’t renovate the inside. This is one of my favorite places to go in Beijing. It isn’t as crowded with tourists as other places and you can just feel the history. This was the site of years of examinations that allowed even the common people who had the drive to study the chance to rise in the government. There are rows of steles with the names of successful candidates.
All of the colors have meaning. Yellow tile roofs were reserved for buildings associated with the emperor.

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  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 5 years ago

    Can’t see much of the inside, but the outside looks wonderful! Lovely colors!

  • Thanks!

    – KLiu

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 5 years ago

    Please consider this image for the ‘Unique Buildings’ challenge

  • I will, thanks!

    – KLiu

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 5 years ago

    Congratulations, a great image

  • Thank you! I really appreciate it. I enjoy it every time I go there and have gotten some of my best photos.

    – KLiu

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