Gate of Divine Might

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The Gate of Divine Might, the northern gate. The lower tablet reads "The Palace Museum" (故宮博物院)

The Gate of Divine Might or Gate of Divine Prowess (Chinese: 神武門; pinyin: Shénwǔmén) is the northern gate of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.[1]

History[edit]

The gate was built in 1420, during the 18th year of Yongle Emperor's reign.[1] The Gate was originally named "Black Tortoise Gate" (玄武門; Xuánwǔmén), but when Qing Dynasty's Kangxi Emperor, whose birth name was Xuanye (玄燁), ascended to the throne, the use of the Chinese character Xuan (玄) became a form of naming taboo.[1]

The gate is the back gate of the palace,[1] and was used by palace workers.[1] Women being sent into the palace for selection as concubines also entered the palace through this gate.[1]

It is important to note that the Xuanwu Gate Incident, while sharing a similar name with this gate's original name, did not take place at this gate. The palace coup happened during the Tang Dynasty, when the capital was in Chang'an.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Zhu, Qingzheng. "神武门" [Gate of Divine Might]. The Palace Museum (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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Coordinates: 39°55′15.4″N 116°23′25.5″E / 39.920944°N 116.390417°E / 39.920944; 116.390417