Shiyang Confucius Temple in Dayao County, Chuxiong
Shiyang Confucius Temple is located in Shiyang Town, 36 kilometers west of Dayao County. It is also known as Dayao Confucius Bronze Statue. It was built in the Ming Dynasty and now some ancient building groups are remained, such as Dacheng Hall (大成殿) and Chongsheng Hall (崇圣殿). Among them, the most striking is the bronze statue of Confucius in Dacheng Hall, which is 2.3 meters high and weighs about 3 tons. It is rare in local temples. This is the largest bronze statue of Confucius at present.
Chinese Pinyin: Dayaoxian Shiyang Kongmiao
English Name: Shiyang Confucius Temple in Dayao County, Chuxiong
Attraction Type: Confucius Temple
Seasons: Four seasons
Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission Fee: 20 RMB/Person
Location: Shiyang Town, 36 kilometers west of Dayao County (大姚县城西面36公里的石羊镇)
Why is Shiyang Confucius Temple So Special
Shiyang Confucius is a provincial-level key cultural relics protection unit, built in the first year of Hongwu(洪武) (1368 AD) of the Ming Dynasty. After more than 600 years of trials and hardships, the Zhuzi Pavilion(朱子阁), Songjing Pavilion(诵经阁), Xiangxian Ancestral Temple(乡贤祠), and Yuegong Arch Bridge(月拱桥), marble fresco, stone carvings, etc. are reserved, with covering an area of nearly 1,000 square meters. The buildings are characterized by classic beauty and in elegant taste. The top of the entire temple is covered with yellow, red and green colored glaze. The doors are carved with grass, flowers, dragon, phoenix, tiger, fish, birds and so on, which are vivid.
The bronze statue of Confucius in the temple was cast in the Kangxi era of Qing Dynasty and lasted 9 years. It is 2.3 meters high and has a net weight of 2.5 tons. It is wearing a glass jade crown, and the hand is holding the ivory pilgrimage. The front side is sitting in the middle of Dacheng Hall. It is the famous bronze statue of Confucius in China. Its volume is large, the form is realistic, and the exquisiteness of the caster is unique.
Where is Shiyang Confucius Temple
Shiyang Confucius Temple is located in Shiyang Town, 36 kilometers west of Dayao County. It is also known as Dayao Confucius Bronze Statue.
How to Get There
After arriving in Dayao County, there are regular buses to Shiyang Town.
Best Time to Go
It is appropriate to visit Shiyang Confucius Temple at any time. It is a good place to experience the great ancient buildings.
Shiyang Ancient Town
Shiyang Ancient Town, also known as “Baijing(白井)”, called as“Yanfeng County(盐丰县)”in ancient times. It is located 35 kilometers northwest of Dayao County, Yunnan Province. It is the famous “Salt Capital of Dian Country (滇国盐都), Holy Place to worship Confucius.” Confucian Culture, Salt Culture, Historical Culture, Yi Culture and Buddhist Culture constitute the characteristic tourism culture of Shiyang Ancient Town.
Dayao White Pagoda
It is known that Dayao White Pagoda is the only one Tibetan style Lamaist Pagoda in Yunnan. It has an important position in the history of Yunnan ancient pagodas. After more than a thousand years of wind and rain, the Pagoda still stands. In 2006, the White Pagoda was announced as the sixth batch of key cultural relics protection units in the country.