Confucian Temple Shanghai

The Shanghai Confucian Temple: A Hidden Oasis of Peace

The Shanghai Confucian Temple is a historic site located in the bustling city of Shanghai, China.

Even though the temple is surrounded by modern high-rise buildings, it does not actually feel like you’re in a city filled with more than 26 million people.

The temple is a true oasis of peace, which made me come back here many times while I was living in Shanghai. Each time around, there were hardly any other visitors here. Read on to find out more about the Shanghai Confucian Temple.

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How to get to the Shanghai Confucian Temple?

Take a taxi, ride the subway, or use a ride-hailing service such as DiDi to reach the temple. The Confucian Temple is located in the central part of the city and is easily accessible by public transportation. 

The nearest subway station is Changshu Road Station, which is located on Line 1 and Line 7. Once you arrive at the subway station, use an app like to walk to the Shanghai Confucian Temple. 

This is the exact address of the temple: 6F9Q+26J, Wenmiao Rd, 老西门 Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200010.

Is the Shanghai Confucian Temple worth visiting?

The Confucian Temple is a real hidden gem in Shanghai. It’s definitely worth visiting. Many of my friends in Shanghai had never even heard of it. What makes it even better, is that the temple is located in a non-touristic, old neighborhood where you will really get a true insight into what local life in Shanghai is like. 

The Confucian Temple was built to honor Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, and his teachings. Visitors of the temple can learn about Confucianism, its impact on Chinese culture, and its influence on the world.

Confucian Temple Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Confucian Temple is definitely one of the most beautiful temples in Shanghai. And it’s not even busy (yet)! The Confucian Temple is open to visitors every day, and you can purchase a ticket at the entrance.

A ticket will cost around 10 RMB, which is very affordable for such a beautiful sight. If you’re a student you can get a discount. Once you have entered the temple, take your time to explore its various halls, intriguing courtyards, and tranquil gardens.

At the temple you can learn about the history of Confucianism and the role that the temple has played in the cultural life of Shanghai. It’s also possible to try a variety of teas here. The Confucian Temple also has several shops where you can purchase souvenirs, such as traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink paintings, traditional crafts, and other items related to Confucianism. 

Do keep in mind that it’s recommended to wear appropriate clothing when visiting religious sites, such as the Confucian Temple, and to behave respectfully while on the premises.

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In conclusion

The Shanghai Confucian Temple is a real hidden gem in Shanghai. It offers peace and tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic city. It’s located in an old neighborhood and gives a different perception of what local life in Shanghai looks like.

Make sure to pay a visit to this temple the next time you’re in Shanghai. And please let me know what you think of it!  

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