The Temple of Heaven is a complex of imperial buildings that are used for religious purposes, the complex is situated in Beijing, China. The temple was used by the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The complex was built from 1406 to 1420, expanded during the 16th century and renovated in the 18th century.
In 1998 the temple was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site when it was described as ‘a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries’.
By subway, use line 5 to ‘Tiantan East Gate’ or subway line 7 to ‘Qiaowan’. By bus, take the 34, 35, 72 or 106 which all stop outside of the temple.
Opening Times and Admission
The temple area is open daily from 6.30am-10pm but the main areas of the temple are only open 8am-5.30pm. You can tour the temple, tickets cost 15 CYN and audio guides are available at a cost of 40CYN for rental with a 100CYN deposit.