The Confucian Temple was founded during the Yuan Dynasty when Shanghai transformed from a fishing village to a county seat. Today, it’s considered one of the four “Treasure Houses of Stone Carving Art” in China.
A Confucian temple was typically a combination of temple and school, this one became one of the most prestigious institutes of learning in the region soon after it was completed in 1296. The temple has been rebuilt several times over its history.
The temple is similar to the original temple of Confucius in his hometown of Qufu, complete with three courtyards. There are also gardens and a reflecting pool that provide the perfect spot to sit and contemplate. The pool is also home to many terrapins and the complex as a whole maintains a serene vibe.
The trees in front of the Confucius statue are laden with red ribbon prayers from students seeking success on their exams.