Temple of Chen Family, Guangzhou

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    Chen's Ancestral Hall, Guangzhou
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    Chen's Ancestral Hall, Guangzhou
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    Chen's Ancestral Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    The Chen Ancestral Hall was located outside the west gate of Guangzhou City and built between the 14th to 19th years of the Guangxu Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1888-1893). It was funded by Chen lineages in Guangdong province during the Qing Dynasty. It was used as a temporary residence when Chen lineage people came to Guangzhou for attending provincial imperial examination, designation, paying taxes, and engaging in lawsuits and other matters.

    The Chen's Ancestral Hall has a total area of 15,000 square meters, floor space of 6,400 square meters. It is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings which are connected with verandas and interspaced by courtyards.

    The Chen's Ancestral Hall is the largest, best-preserved and most gorgeously decorated traditional building in Guangdong Province. It is also known as " The Pearl of Lingnan Architectural Art" . The entire building is decorated with arts including skillful wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, lime sculpture, pottery sculpture, iron and copper casting, and color painting.

    Since 1959, the Chen Ancestral Hall has been established as Guangdong Folk Art Museum to display of folk arts of China, mostly from Guangdong province.

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    Opening Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
    Admission: RMB10

    Check out its official website to learn more

    In Chinese: 陈家祠, chen jia ci; 陈氏书院, chen shi shu yuan

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    Chen Jia Ci

    by cpim2004 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chen Jia Ci

    Chenjiaci, also the name is Chen Clan Academy.

    Too more decorated traditional building in Guangdong, one of the important sign of Lingnan culture.

    The new stone or clay sculptures in the garden is the best one I saw, these tell the story from the novels by Luxun, one of most famous chinese writer in the early date of the republic of China.

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    Chen Clan Academy

    by aukahkay Written Nov 19, 2009

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    The Chen Clan Academy was built in 1890 during the Qing Dynasty. With a total area of 15000 square meters, it is one of the scarce clan ancestral temples in China. Today, it is a museum exhibiting masterpieces of stone carving, wood carving, brick carving, ivory carving and other traditional crafts.

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    Guangdong Museum of Folk Art

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The Guangdong Museum of Folk Art is housed inside the Chen Clan Academy and displays many wonderful cultural relics and works of folk art from the province. Exhibits on display include fans made from peacock feathers and palm leafs, ceramics, ivory, glassware, lacquerware and calligraphy paintings. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RMB10.

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    Chen Clan Academy

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 12, 2008

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    The Chen Clan Academy was located outside the west gate of the city and built between 1888 and 1894. Contributed by the Chen families in seventy-two counties of Guangdong Province, the academy served as the hall for ancestor worship as well as temporary residence for examination or litigation. Covering a total area of 15,000 square metres, the academy is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings in a square form interspaced by courtyards and connected by covered verandas. The architectural decorations such as the wood carvings, brick carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, iron castings and paintings are amazingly detailed and elaborate in their design. The figures on the roof ridges adopt themes from mythology and classical literature. The academy holds the Guangdong Museum of Folk Art which displays cultural relics and works of folk art from around the province. More photos of the buildings can be found in my travelogues.

    Open: 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RMB10.

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    Ancestral Temple of Chen Family

    by SLLiew Written Oct 12, 2006

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    Elaborate stone carvings
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    One of the best preserved architecture building of Guangdong province. Built in the late 19th century as an ancestral temple of the Chen Family, it is now converted into Museum of Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts.

    Besides the beautiful halls and courtyards, there are elaborate woodcarvings and stone carvings that still survived the attacks and damages done during the Cultural revolution.

    Worthy of a visit while in Guangzhou.

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    Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Around the end of the 19th century, the Chen family from the Guangdong Province at the raised money to fund the building of this grand temple. It was erected as a place of worship to the ancestors. This design is an excellent example of South China architecture.

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    Now a Museum

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Today the temple houses an interesting museum of folk art and crafts.

    Within the museum are carvings made from limestone, wood, iron and stone along with other decorative pieces. All set out to depict historical events. The whole complex covers an area of 10,000 sq metres and is made up of nine main halls and six courtyards.

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    Temple of the Chen Family (Chen Jia Si)

    by jlee008 Updated Oct 23, 2004

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    Through the Doors to the Courtyard

    The Chen Family Temple was built as a collective effort by the Chen families from 72 counties all over Guangdong Province at the end of the 19th century during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. The temple was built to honor and worship their ancestors. It was also used to house Chen family members who came from all over the province to sit for the imperial examinations. That is why it is also known as the Chen Family Academy. Today, it is the largest and best preserved example of the architecture and artistry of the time in all of Guangdong Province.

    This is a really unique experience in that you get to walk through the Chen Family House in its restored glory. It is almost like walking through a living museum. I really enjoyed seeing the restored details of the architecture. Most of all, I think that it helped me to feel in touch with my heritage like I had never been able to in the United States. Even though I have seen countless pieces of Chinese art and furniture, what really impacted me was the feeling the setting evoked. When you walk into the courtyard, you have a sense of time slowing and changing. You can imagine what life was like in that time...what it felt like on hot days or what it felt like on rainy days. It was just a really neat experience.

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    Chen Family Temple

    by Skibbe Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    One of the detailed roofs at this temple

    Brilliant display of Chinese arts in this large, detail-rich temple. The roof contains scenes from the epic 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' but there is much more and even a museum and excellent gift shop.

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    Rainy Day at Chen Jia Ci.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Chen Jia Ci was originally built during the 1890's. Today, it's many galleries display such objects as porcelain, fine paintings, and carvings of ivory and jade... On the day I visited with Xiujuan, it started raining and we had to take shelter under the rooftop of one of the buildings. That's when I took the photo of the colorful porcelain elephant you see here... Xiujuan and I enjoy rainy days...

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    Chen Jia Ci.

    by Guantanamera Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Chen Jia Ci, known in English as the Chen Clan Academy, is a large estate of traditional Chinese buildings that was once owned by the famous Chen family, one of the wealthiest families in Chinese history... There are a total of 19 buildings on the property, most of which now house various artifacts and art works on display... The image here shows one such artwork, an amazing painting of flowers and butterflies on silk, framed within intricate woodwork...

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    The most worthy sence of Guangzhou

    by tierneyli Written Jun 25, 2004

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    Delicate carve

    Very typical Canton buildings, it will take you around one hour to visit, then you can go to Li Wan plaza to taste what i recommend in Xi Guan Ren Jia, on 4th floor.

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