Foshan Ancestral Temple
Old temple of Foshan's protector deity now preserved by the government.
Chinese Opera and martial arts performances.
Martial Arts Museums.
The temple is about 3,000 square meters or .74 acres in area. People go there to worship and tour the museums and to be entertained. There are five parts: the Wanfu Terrace, Jinxiang Pool, Front Hall, Main Hall and the Qingzheng Pavilion. There are statues that catch a lot of people's interest. Some of the statues are of famed martial arts masters of the past. It is one of city of Foshan's tourist highlights.
The Foshan Ancestral Temple (佛山祖庙) is commonly called Zumiao. It is a Daoist temple, museum, and exhibition center in Foshan, Guangdong Province. Zumiao is a museum and active temple where people come to see martial arts performances, visit a museum about martial artists, and worship their ancestors or Daoist deities. Though the temple has a long history, now it is a museum and one of Foshan's major tourist attractions.
The temple was built during the Song dynasty era during the reign of Emperor Zhezong about the year 1080. It was ruined during the era of the Yuan Empire when the Mongols ruled. It was rebuilt about the year 1372 during the time of the Ming dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Beidi who is the north god who is thought of as the protector of the area.
In the middle of the 20th century, the temple was converted into Foshan Municipal Museum and is listed as one of the main cultural relics in Guangdong Province. More recently, the temple has become known for exciting martial arts performances. There is a museum dedicated to a Wing Chun master. It is near the gate to the temple, and it is on the left as you walk in the gate. In the museum, you can see a likeness of him, martial arts training equipment, and a plaque with information about him. These is another museum about another martial arts master there too. The museum and temple reopened in 2010 after three years of renovation.
Along with the indigenous worshipers and people mainly wanting to tour the museums, many people come to watch the performances. There are both martial arts and Cantonese Opera performances. Martial artists demonstrate various martial styles such as swordsmanship and fighting with rods, and some of them perform showy gymnastics. You might also see gymnasts performing lion dances in which two or more performers dress up like a big lion. Cantonese Opera or musical performances sometimes also entertain visitors.
Foshan Ancestral Temple is located on Zumiao Road. Here is an address in Chinese you can show to a taxi driver: 广东省佛山市禅城区卫国西路7号
Bus Route: Nos. 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12
Opening Hours: 08:30 - 19:00
I updated this article on October 25, 2012
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