Imperial Ancestral Temple

Local name太庙
LocationBeijing, China

The Imperial Ancestral Temple, or Taimiao of Beijing, is a historic site in the Imperial City, just outside the Forbidden City, where during both the Ming and Qing Dynasties, sacrificial ceremonies were held on the most important festival occasions in honor of the imperial family's ancestors.The temple, which resembles the Forbidden City's ground plan, is a cluster of buildings in three large courtyards separated by walls. The main hall inside the temple is the Hall for Worship of Ancestors, which is one of only four buildings in Beijing to stand on a three-tiered platform, a hint that it was the most sacred site in imperial Beijing. It contains seats and beds for the tablets of emperors and empresses, as well as incense burners and offerings. On the occasion of large-scale ceremonies for worship of ancestors, the emperors would come here to participate.

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Opening hours

Daily: 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.


RMB 2/person

More information and contact


Official website

Phone +86 10 6525 2189

Address 北京天安门东侧 邮编:100006

Coordinates 39°54'35.926" N 116°23'37.059" E

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