Foshan Ancestral Temple

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Coordinates: 23°02′07″N 113°06′59″E / 23.035151°N 113.116307°E / 23.035151; 113.116307

Foshan Ancestral Temple
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Simplified Chinese 佛山祖庙

Foshan Ancestral Temple is a Daoist temple in Foshan, Guangdong, China.


It was first built in the Song dynasty during the reign of Emperor Zhezong, in the Yuanfeng Era (1078-1085), but was ruined towards the end of the Yuan Dynasty. It was rebuilt in the 5th year of Hongwu Era of the Ming Dynasty (1372). The temple is dedicated to Beidi (the "Northern God"), a Cantonese form of the "Dark Warrior" Xuanwu, who is said to have power over the waters of Guangdong.

After the foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the temple was converted into Foshan Municipal Museum and listed as one of the main cultural relics under the preservation by the Guangdong provincial government. [1][2]