Confucius Temple and Guozijian Museum
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Beijing's Temple of Confucius
Across the street from the Lama Temple is the Guozijian, or Kong Miao. However, as my philosophy teacher warned, the Confucian philosophy is not to be confused with religion—that is to say, this is not really a worshipping temple. Rather, it’s a place to be reminded of the sanctity of education. The “temple” is a space created in conjunction with the Guo Zi Xue, or university. So, the university was where one came to learn, and next to it was a place to remind pupils that the art of studying is a divine undertaking. These red tiles are wishes of followers of Confucian philosophy. Why not visit and tie one yourself?
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