The Beijing Folklore Museum is located in the original Dongyue
Taoist Temple, which was built in 1319. The museum is the only
folklore museum in Beijing, and besides exhibiting folklore items
all year round, it attracts numerous local people by holding
abundant folklore activities during traditional holidays (e.g. the
Spring Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival).
The museum is organized in three main courtyards, holding many
collections of statues, steles, stone tablets, couplets, and
inscriptions. You will get a feeling of what the Taoist
supernatural world is like by observing the statues. Each
department of the supernatural world is depicted in a series of
statues accompanied by a description of each and its role and
purpose, which makes some interesting reading. Furthermore, you can
leave a small offering in the collection box or hang a fortune
card, if you want to appease the gods and make a wish.
The folklore museum is a wonderful place to while away one or two
hours, whether you are after a slice of tranquility or are
interested in traditional Chinese mythology.
- Opening hours: 09:00 – 16:30 (closed on Mondays)
- Address: 141, Chaowai Avenue, Chaoyang District 朝阳区朝外大街141号
- Subway: Line 2, Chaoyangmen Station, use Exit A, walk another 5 minutes in
eastern direction along the avenue.