Chen Family Temple - Guangdong Folk Art Museum

Attraction China, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Liwan, 中山七路恩龙里34号 Published on: 18-09-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
1.47 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Chen Family Temple is famous for their exquisite and mythical decorations. The temple also functions as a museum under the auspices of Guangdong Folk Arts Museum, exhibiting a variety of folk arts and crafts.

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Why Chen Family Temple - Guangdong Folk Art Museum is special ?

Chen Family Temple has a history of more than 100 years and still in its original shape. The Chen Family Temple was built with funds raised by the Chen families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province. It is a representation of the traditional architecture of the ancient Guangdong and Guangxi regions. The 100-year-old temple was once the ancestral center in Guangdong in Qing Dynasty.

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What to explore at Chen Family Temple - Guangdong Folk Art Museum?

The temple is a compound complex consisting of nine halls, six courtyards and nineteen buildings connected by corridors, all separated by walls from the outside world. A pair of stone drums in front of the entrance door, measuring 2.55 meters (about 8.36 feet) in height and two colored drawing pictures of door-god of four meters (about 13 feet) height are said to be the best in Guangdong.

The compound was constructed in the traditional Chinese symmetrical style and the main hall, the Juxian Hall is in the center of the temple. Juxian Hall was once a place for clansmen to assemble before the establishment of the temple and now it is used as an ancestral hall. In front of the hall is a stone gazebo surrounded by stone balustrades. In the hall there is an exquisitely carved folding screen which is an excellent example of woodcarving.

The most impressive attractions in the temple are various superb carvings extolling nature. They are in the forms of wood, brick, pottery, stone, lime and things like that, of which wood carving especially fully demonstrates the great achievements of the art of carving in Guangdong Province. Stories of historical celebrities and scenes are also vividly represented in the temple.

How to get to Chen Family Temple - Guangdong Folk Art Museum?

Subway : Take Guangzhou Subway Line 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.

Selling points

  • A truly authentic place
  • A good historical museum
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Well-preserved heritage
  • Awesome ancestral temple
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Tips for you

  • You could have hired audio tour in English but that added to the cost quite a bit
  • Avoid the gift shop unless you like overpaying
  • The exhibit halls are not air-conditioned so it tends to get very hot
  • Every month, the ancestral temple will be open free of charge for one day. So, ticket free on Jan. 13, Feb. 24, Mar. 17, Apr. 14, May 18, Jun. (National Cultural Heritage Day), Jul. 14, Aug. 18, Sep 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
  • You can feel uncomfortable because of being to many shops
  • Many of the descriptions were only in Chinese and not English
  • If you are a senior (over 65), it costs half price.
  • The drinks are overpriced


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I've been to this place quite a few times since I've lived in Guangzhou. It's my favorite place to take visitors who don't have a lot of time to spend in the city. GZ is a fairly modern city and there's not a lot of really old China left here, with this being an exception. It's easy to get to from the Metro, really cheap, and quite quiet and pleasant inside. There's a large variety of folk art displays, some permanent and others change periodically. It was renovated for the 2010 Asian Games. It used to be hidden behind a lot of older buildings, almost down an alley and was kind of dark. They tore out all the buildings, put in a huge forecourt, and restored the color on all the decorations. Makes it a bit less funky, but still, at 10 RMB entrance fee, a super bargain. Avoid the gift shop unless you like overpaying for things you can buy in the wholesale markets for a lot less, or won't have time to get to any wholesale places. The drinks are overpriced, buy something at the 7-11 in the metro if you need something. I'm attaching a couple of pictures of the roof decorations from 2006, will add some more recent ones next time I'm over that way so people can see how much it was cleaned up. Oh, and the picture with this review is not the Chen Clan Family Temple. That's the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. I think it's wheelchair accessible. I'm pretty sure the main doors with paintings of the Temple Guardians has a board across it, like many temples, but I believe there are side entrances and ramps in front. Inside is all one level, and it's quite open so would be easy viewing, but like most of GZ, handicapped accessibility has not been a huge priority.

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