The Temple of Lord Bao and Tomb of Lord Bao
Lord Bao (999-1062), named Bao Zheng, was a renowned officer in the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127). He is well respected because of his excellent personality, fair-minded judgments and strict family education. In commemoration, many memorial temples were built after his death. Among them the Memorial Temple of Lord Bao is the most famous one. This temple lies in Baohe Park in the southeastern part of his hometown, Hefei City. The current appearance of the temple is the
The Ancestral Temple of Lord Bao (Bao Zheng) is located in the Hefei's Bao River Park, a river named after him.
It is the ancestral temple to honor the well-noted upright official of the Song Dynasty.
Bao Zheng (999-1062), a native of Hefei, was an honest official of the Earlier Song Dynasty (960-1127). He was reputed to be free of corruption and principled all through his official life, and has been always on the lips of the people for centuries.
The temple currently houses some valuable historic relics, including Lord Bao's figure in stone cut in the Qing Dynasty, Lord Bao's Genealogical Tree, Lord Bao's Family Regulations and Lord Bao's writing and painting.
In Lord Bao's Family Regulations, there is a sermon: "Anyone of my offspring who commits corruptions should be excluded from the kindred, and should not be buried with the familial tombs. He who doesn't follow my sermon is not my offspring."
Opposite the temple is the tomb Garden of Lord Bao with a solemn surrounding, where the osseous remains of Lord Bao were buried. The architectural style of the tomb garden is plain and somber. It is among luxuriant woods and green plants.
Both the Ancestral Temple of Lord Bao and Tomb Garden of Lord Bao, built in commemoration of Lord Bao, comprise the Lord Bao Memorial Park.
In the center of the palace is a huge seated statue of Lord Bao, measuring about nine feet. He is holding a scepter in one hand and a pen in the other. The dignified, serious expression on his face represents his impartial and incorruptible moral character. Four bodyguards stand on two sides of him. Instruments of torture, which are recognized as symbols of justice are on the left of the statue. A stone portrait of Bao Zheng is inlayed in the right wall of the hall. In the eastern and western halls display items related to Lord Bao.
To the east of the hall is a hexagonal pavilion with a well in it. There are stone inscriptions on the wall of the pavilion which relate that a corrupt officer once got a terrible headache as soon as he drank water from the well, but some kindhearted persons tasted the water and found it as sweet as honey. Due to this the well is also called Honest Well. To the west of the hall is Liufang Pavilion where, it is said, Bao often studied when he was young.
result of reconstruction in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).
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