Beijing Baoguo Temple

Beijing Baoguo Temple is located in the north side of Guang'an Mennei Street, Xuanwu District. It was firstly built in Liao Dynasty (907-1125) with a small scale, hence named 'Small Baoguo Temple'. After the collapses in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and a great earthquake in 1466, it was rebuilt and changed into 'Baoguo Temple'.

This temple faces south on the whole, with the buildings inside the temple constructed on a central north-south axis. It originally had 6 rows of houses, but now only 4 rows remain. Entering into the temple, you may see two stone lions standing in the front of the first row and two tablets on stone turtles in the east and west side respectively. Inside the second row, there is a Palace of Heavenly Kings and two stone tablets at the door of the hall. Besides that, side halls are built in the east and west side. The roof of the main hall in the third row is mainly covered with grey tiles and some green glazed tiles in the edge. A platform in brick and stone is in the front of the hall. The last row has a back hall with side halls on both sides. In addition, there are also some stone tablets from ancient times in the very back of the temple, for instance, the tablet to commemorate the completion of the temple in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the poem tablet of reconstructing the temple in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912).

In recent years, the Baoguo Temple has become a well-known antique collectors market in Beijing. Every year, several national collectors trades are held there, so the Baoguo Temple catches the attraction of collectors and merchants from around the country. But with the reconstruction of Beijing old city, the collectors market has been moved into the halls of the temple, making the temple also antique exhibition halls. The exhibitions, which are on sale too, mainly includes old Chinese and foreign coins, old Chinese books, newspapers, various kinds of old tickets, comics and playing cards. In these stores, there are also other antiques on sale, such as: bracelets, writings, stamps, jades, etc. If you are an antique lover, the Baoguo Temple is a must-see place for you. This temple is not only a collector’s market, but also a good site for all antique keepers to communicate for fun. Remember to bargain, and be very careful as there are fake antiques there.

How to get to Beijing Baoguo Temple

 By Subway
Take subway line 7 to Guang'anmennei Station, get out from Exit B and then walk northward to the temple.
 By Bus:
Take bus no. 19, 40, 50, 76, 78, 133, 381 or 676 and get off at Guangan Mennei. Walk eastward for about 400 meters (437 yards) , turn left and walk for 100 meters (109 yards) to the gate.
Take Bus No. 5, 109 or 381 to West Niujie Crossing, then walk westward for about 400 meters, turn right and walk northward for 100 meter to find the gate.
Open Time 8:00-16:30
Ticket Price Free

Nearby Attraction:
Niujie Mosque: It is the oldest and largest mosque in Beijing. The celebration is held here in every Lesser Bairam. The Niujie Street around the Niujie Mosque is famous for Halal Food, of which the most famous is beef and lamb in Jubaoyuan.
- Last updated on Jul. 11, 2023 by Gabby Li -
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