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Chen Clan Academy

 Guangzhou Attractions

Chen Clan Academy, also known as Chen Ancestral Shrine, is a National Key Cultural Heritage Protection Unit and it is a major cultural tourist sites in Guangdong Province. Chen Clan Academy is an academic temple in Guangzhou. As one of the new Eight Attractions of Guangzhou, Chen Clan Academy has become one of the most popular attractions to see for a Guangzhou tour.

Chen Clan Academy was first built during late Qing Dynasty with money donated by 72 Chen clans for the purpose of offering sacrifice to their ancestors and also it encouraging their offering to study hard. In 1959, the Chen Clan Academy was turned into Guangdong Folk Art Museum which is specializing in exhibiting the most characteristic Guangdong architecture.

Covering an area of 13,200 square meters, Chen Clan Academy is the largest and best-preserved traditional Lingnan-styled architecture. Chen Clan Academy is a traditional Chinese academic complex consisted of 19 buildings with 9 halls and 6 courtyards which are connected by corridors. The temple applied the symmetrical style with its main hall Juxian Hall in the center of the temple. Main axis of the temple are the Main Entrance, the Assembly Hall, and the Rear Hall. Juxuan Hall with a stone gazebo surrounded by stone balustrades in front of the hall is used as the ancestral hall now.

Besides the classic structure and unique designs, what impresses most are the fantastic decorations and carvings. From beams to ridges, walls to columns inside the temple, there are intricate and delicate carvings of brick, wood, stone, pottery, plaster, and iron can be found.

Admission fee: 10RMB
Opening hour: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Transportation: Subway Line 1 and get off at Chen Jiaci Station; take bus No.17, 88 and get off at Chen Jiaci station (Chen Clan Academy Station); take but No.15, 133 and get off at Liwan Road station.

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