This is the fourth part to our updates,
Temple of Heaven post continuation
Some interesting facts first :
The Temple of Heaven was visited by emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to the heaven for good harvest. It is also considered a Taoist temple. here are some interesting facts on the Temple of heaven (Please take note that 'The Temple of Heaven' refers to a whole lot of buildings and grounds, not referring to just one building) :
- The hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building, 36 metres in diameter and 38 metres tall, built on three levels of marble stone base, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. The building is completely wooden, with no nails.
- The Imperial Vault of Heaven is a single-gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. It is located south of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and resembles it, but is smaller. It is surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances. The Imperial Vault is connected to the Hall of Prayer by the Vermillion Steps Bridge, a 360 meter long raised walkway that slowly ascends from the Vault to the Hall of Prayer.
- The Circular Mound Altar is the altar proper, located south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, where the Emperor prayed for favorable weather. It was built in 1530 by the JiaQing Emperor and rebuilt in 1740.
First image : Not only is the park grand, it is also a very peaceful place.
Second image : The intricate patterns or detail spotted on almost all buildings where there is a presence of royalty or a god.
Third image : I enjoy taking shots of the ever-chaning sky.
Fourth image : Practicing my photography skills on The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests itself. I quite like this picture as the sun was behind the Temple of Heaven at that point of time.
Fifth image : The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
A few interesting facts :
- Earth was represented by a square and Heaven by a circle
- Several features of the temple complex symbolize the connection of Heaven and Earth, of circle and square. The whole temple complex is surrounded by two cordons of walls; the outer wall has a taller, semi-circular northern end, representing Heaven, and a shorter, rectangular southern end, representing the Earth.
- The Hall of Prayer for Good harvest has four inner, twelve middle and twelve outer pillars, representing the four seasons, twelve months and twelve traditional Chinese hours respectively. Combined together, the twelve middle and twelve outer pillars represent the traditional solar term.
Sixth image : The internal of The Hall of Prayer For Good Harvests. The design of the interior is way more detailed than any other structure that i have ever seen whilst in Beijing, this is probably due to the fact that not only does the emperor prays here, it is also the Temple of heaven.
Seventh image : The altar.
Eighth image : Intricate Dragon and Phoenix carvings spotted on the internal of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest!
Ninth image : Some innovation spotted, golden dustbins to fit into the structure of the Temple of Heaven! Quite a creative idea I think.
Tenth image : "Whats that? Hi little fella, stay still so that I can take a photo of you!" (Cute bird spotted on the Temple Grounds)
Eleventh image : The moon can be spotted lounging in the sky from as early as 4pm in the afternoon!
I have come to the end of my post for the Temple of Heaven! Do stay tuned for more upcoming posts! Cheers!
See To Yu Xiang
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Photos taken by See To Yu Xiang