First built in 1893 by Chinese residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Qing Dynasty Government, Nagasaki `s Confucius Shrine was designed to serve as a place of worship and learning for the Chinese community and housed a Confucian sanctuary and primary school. The buildings were severely damaged by the atomic bomb explosion on August 9, 1945 and was not restored. It was finally opened to the public in September 1967 and was extensively renovated in 1982 and remains the same till the present day.
It is a joy and exciting process to walk around the beautifully presented gardens and to graze intensely at the architecture and statues. The attention to detail is amazing and one can see that a lot of time and effort was put in to the design and final outcome to look as authentic as possible. One feels like they have stepped out of Japan and back into the realm of China such is the contrast to traditional Japanese buildings and in particular to Japanese Shinto Shrines.
Well worth a visit even if you are not a fan of Chinese History and artifacts. The Confucius Shrine is located very close to the International Port Terminal so it isn't too far to complete as a walking tour around the area, even if you only have an hour or two to spare it is well worth the effort .
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|Confucius Pray Altar|