Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family (Chen Clan Academy)
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is also called Chen Clan Academy or Chen's Lineage Hall which was a place in Guangzhou both for offering up sacrifices to ancestors and for study. Now it serves as Guangdong Folk Arts Museum to show the most characteristic Guangdong architecture. The Chen Clan Ancestral Temple in Liwan District, Guangzhou City, the Ancestors' Temple in Foshan City, the former Residence of Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan City and the Opium War Memorial Hall in Dongguan City are regarded as the four major cultural tourist sites in Guangdong Province.
The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is a compound complex consisting of nine halls, six courtyards and nineteen buildings connected by corridors, all separated by walls from the outside world. A pair of stone drums in front of the entrance door, measuring 2.55 meters (about 8.36 feet) in height and two colored drawing pictures of door-god of four meters (about 13 feet) height are said to be the best in Guangdong.
The Chen Clan Academy was constructed in the traditional Chinese symmetrical style and the main hall, the Juxian Hall is in the center of the temple. Juxian Hall was once a place for clansmen to assemble before the establishment of the temple and now it is used as an ancestral hall. In front of the hall is a stone gazebo surrounded by stone balustrades. In the hall there is an exquisitely carved folding screen which is an excellent example of woodcarving.
How to get to Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
2. Take Bus 17, 85, 88, 104, 105, 107, 109, 128, 193, 204, 205, 233, 250, 286, 413, Tourism Bus Line 1 or 2 and get off at Chenjiaci Station.
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|Entrance Fee||CNY 10; |
* Visitors can get free entry to the museum on Wednesday of the third week in each month except in June. On the second Saturday of June (National Cultural Heritage Day), visitors can enter the museum for free.
|Opening Hours||08:30 -17:30 (ticketing ends at 17:00)|
|Recommended Time for a Visit||1h|
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