Yuefei Temple in Anyang
Spread over 4,000 square meters the splendid Yue Fei Temple is located in Anyang, Henan Province, China. Yue Fei was a brilliant military governor during the Song Dynasty, who led the Imperial army against northern invaders four times with great success. The architecture of this monument is very grand with majestic rooms, beautifully designed corridors, artistically landscaped courtyards, and gardens.
English Name: Anyang Yuefei Temple
Chinese Name: 安阳岳飞庙
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm
Ticket Price: 50 yuan
Best Time: All year round
Recommended Visiting Hours: 1 or 3 hours
Address: Tangyin County, Anyang
The Yue Fei Temple in Tangyin County, Anyang is just one of the Yue Fei Temples; others include one in Hangzhoubeside the West Lake in Zhejiang Province, one in Zhuxian, Kaifeng City in Henan Province, one in Wuchang in Hubei Province, and so on.
Background Information about Yue Fei
Yue Fei (March 24, 1103 – January 28, 1142), courtesy name Pengju, was a Chinese military general, calligrapher, and poet who lived during the Southern Song dynasty. His ancestral home was in Xiaoti, Yonghe Village, Tangyin, Xiangzhou, Henan (in present-day Tangyin County, Anyang, Henan). He is best known for leading Southern Song forces in the wars in the 12th century between Southern Song and the Jurchen-ruled Jin dynasty in northern China before being put to death by the Southern Song government in 1142 under a concocted charge. He was granted the posthumous name Wumu (武穆) by Emperor Xiaozong in 1169, and later granted the posthumous title King of È (鄂王) by Emperor Ningzong in 1211. Widely seen as a patriot and national folk hero in China, since his death Yue Fei has evolved into a paragon of loyalty in Chinese culture.
Introduction of Yuefei Temple
The two large Chinese characters, which mean ‘loyalty’ and ‘righteousness’, are painted on the walls on both sides of the gate. These two characters are a good summary and compliment to Yue Fei’s personality.
Five Bronze Statues
Walking inside, you can see five bronze statues on the right, which are the five people who offered false accusations against Yue Fei. They are kneeling on the ground opposite the main temple where the statue of Yue Fei is consecrated, to symbolize that they are apologizing to him.
Near the five statues is a stone tablet bearing a carved article written by Qianlong, the emperor of the Qing Dynasty(1636 – 1911), which speaks highly of Yue Fei. Walking towards the main temple, a number of stone tablets were also carved with poems praising Yue Fei.
The main temple is grand and looks solemn. The Yue Fei statue is sitting in the middle with a serious expression. He is stalwart and powerful. Many travelers, as well as local people, pay a visit to Yue Fei and pray for peace and happiness.
More Attractions in Henan
- Henan Museum
- Henan Sinian International Golf Club
- Jiaozuo Film and Television City, Henan
- Museum of Chinese Writing in Anyang
- Yin Xu (Yin Ruins) in Anyang City
- Zhengzhou Shang City