Temple of Chen Family in Guangzhou is a place for your historical travel where you can see unique ancient Chinese architecture, Chinese arts and Culture. The Chen Family Hall was located outside the west gate of Guangzhou City and built between the 14th to 19th years. Since 1959, the Chen Family Temple has been established as Guangdong Folk Art Museum to exhibit folk arts of China, mostly from Canton.
The Chen Family Temple is the biggest, best-preserved and most gorgeously decorated traditional building in Guangdong Province. The Chen Family Temple covers a total area of 15,000 square meters, floor space of 6,400 square meters. It is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings which are connected with verandas and interspaced by courtyards.
It is also known as ” The Pearl of Lingnan Architectural Art” . You cannot miss out this tourist site in Guangzhou. The entire building is decorated with arts including skillful wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, lime sculpture, pottery sculpture, iron and copper casting, and color painting.
The Chen Family Temple (also known as Chen Jia Si, or The Chen Ancestral Hall) was built as a collective effort by the Chen families from 72 counties all over Guangdong Province at the end of the 19th century during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. The temple was built to honor and worship their ancestors. It was also used to house Chen family members who came from all over the province to sit for the imperial examinations. That is why it is also known as the Chen Family Academy. Today, it is the largest and best preserved example of the architecture and artistry of the time in all of Guangdong Province.
Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:00
Recommended time for a visit: 45 minutes
In Chinese: 陈家祠， chen jia ci; 陈氏书院， chen shi shu yuan
Address: 7 Zhongshan Road in Guangzhou
How to Get to Chen Family Temple in Guangzhou?
Metro : Take Guangzhou Subway Line 1 to Chenjiaci Station. Leave from Exit C to Chenjiaci Square or Exit D to the main entrance.
Bus Routes: Take 17, 85, 88, 104, 107, 109, 114, 128, 133, 181, 193, 204, 233, 250, 251, 260, 268, 286, Tourism Bus Line 1 or 2 and get off at Chenjiaci Station.