Snapshots from Confucius Temple, Shanghai
August 19, 2010 §
Wen Miao, the Confucian temple in Shanghai, is a quiet get away within a city that never stops. When my dad came to visit me, I made a point to take him here because crowds make him nervous, and Wen Miao is one of the few destinations in Shanghai where it is possible to find yourself alone. Also, a secular temple, I thought it appropriate for my dad who calls religious worship plain superstition. Here are a few photos I want to share with you.
Every Sunday morning a bustling used book market takes place in the courtyard
Worshipers light incense.
Wen Miao is a destination for many students, who come to pay their respects to the great scholar.
For two yuan, you can write a prayer to Confucius and place it on a prayer tree.
Wind catches the prayers on trees.
Dear Confucius... Please help me pass my exam.
Although many of the buildings have been reconstructed, Wen Miao still offers a good example of historic Confucian architecture. The third path of the temple, the back, is dominated by natural scenery.
Three story pagoda, originally built in 1730.
A lion guards the back gate.