Hall Of Rectitude Rebuilt

Here is an article by the International Herald Tribune on the restoration of the Hall of Rectitude in the Forbidden City. Seeing as the original complex burnt down in 1923 I’m not sure it can accurately be called a restoration, and perhaps would better suit the title of ‘reconstruction’. The complex – initially created in 1697 – consists of 10 Buddhist buildings originally dedicated for worship during the Emperor Kangxi’s reign and keeping with Tibetan architectural styles and traditions. Destroyed in 1923 by the fire that also destroyed the gardens of the Palace of Established Happiness, both areas are now rebuilt and were collaborative projects between the Hong Kong based China Heritage Fund (CHF) and the Palace Museum.

The new Hall of Rectitude now consists of three galleries housing a large number of Tibetan art and artefacts, dating back to the Qing Dynasty in the 17th and 18th centuries.


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Passionate about all things related to traditional architecture and cultures Amy has a keen interest in building restoration and sustainable architecture. Living in, and traveling around China has given Amy the opportunity to become increasingly exposed to many different forms of traditional Chinese architecture and local Chinese cultures.

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