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Nagasaki Confucius Shrine

Nagasaki Confucius Shrine

The Nagasaki Confucius Shrine is said to be the only Confucian Shrine constructed by Chinese residents outside of China. During the Qing Dynasty, the government supported the establishment of this shrine and designated it as a location to worship and learn for the Chinese community located in Nagasaki. The shrine was first built in 1893 and housed a Confucian sanctuary as well as a primary school. Although the buildings suffered severe damages caused by the atomic bomb, it was later restored and opened to the public in 1967. Towards the rear of the shrine is a building which houses photographs and treasure directly on loan from the Museum of Chinese History as well as the Palace Museum in China. Outside the shrine, visitors can see 72 statues which represent the 72 followers of Confucius. Various celebrations are hosted at this shrine, like the Confucius festival, which includes many Chinese show performances for visitors to experience each year.