The buildings inside Longfu Temple Area are not just slabs of concrete or bricks and mortar — they have witnessed the bustling and prosperity of Beijing for centuries. With traces of time deeply imprinted, the area stands silently and awaits its brand-new start.
Situated in Dongsi, Dongcheng District near Beijing's Forbidden City and the Wangfujing commercial center, the 600-year-old Longfu Temple Area covers 15.5 hectares, including Longfu Temple, Longfu Square and old-fashioned structures built between the 1960s and 1990s.
Built in 1452, the 3rd year of Emperor Jingtai's reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and rebuilt in the 9th year during Emperor Yongzheng's reign, Longfu Temple was the only temple in Beijing to accommodate both lamas and monks, and later became a famous venue for temple fairs – perhaps the first choice to enjoy the authentic flavors of olden Beijing and learn about the local culture.
Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a fire in 1901, and the nine-story building was restored in 1988 on the original site. Its glory ended abruptly in another devastating fire in 1993, and the place was turned into a place for restaurants, a market for clothing and small commodities, and a digital square.
The first phase of its renovation started with the opening of a second M Woods Art Museum, located in the renovated buildings in QianliangHutong (small lane) in the Longfu Temple Area. It was a collaboration between the museum and the government of the Dongcheng District. Its inaugural exhibition, a solo art show titled "A Bigger Splash" by renowned British artist David Hockney, was jointly launched with Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
A few hundred meters away from the M Woods Art community is Nanyang Sharing Center, for dramas. Visitors can enjoy dramas at the small-scale theaters inside and buy keepsakes in its art shop.
The night of M Woods Art community becomes bustling and sleepless with a variety of cocktail bars and nightclubs, such as Jing A Taproom and the M Woods-affiliated nightclub Turtle.
The second phase of the restoration will start in 2023, featuring Chinese cultural zones and world-class museums, such as the Palace Museum, the British Museum and London's V&A Museum.
The Longfu Temple Area has witnessed the ebb and flow of a commercial district and the city's changing landscape in the vicissitudes of the times. Its gradual return to its former glory speaks of myriad possibilities.
* Quality Service & Affordable Prices are what we are here to do for our clients
* Customizable & Flexible Tour Arrangement based your needs
* Beijing Local Tour Company offers various Beijing Tours & China Package Tours
* Professional Guides: Licensed Bilingual tour guides with 5+ years experience
* Experienced Drivers & well conditionded vehicle
* Various Payment Methods: Paypal, Alipay, Wechat, Bank transfer
* Free Cancellation: Up to 24 hours+ before your travel time
* Reply your tour inquiry in details within 24 hours
* 24/7 fully backed up by our team & Last Minute Booking is available
1 to 1 tailor-made service from our professional travel advisors for the most sophisticated
Constantly excellent reviews for attraction, hotel and service Competitive price
Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants
7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured