Con­fu­cius mu­seum to open in 2018

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE | CULTURE -

JINAN — A Con­fu­cius mu­seum un­der con­struc­tion in the home­town of the an­cient Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tor and philoso­pher will be home to more than 700,000 relics, in­clud­ing well-known Con­fu­cius fam­ily doc­u­ments, sources with the mu­seum said on Satur­day.

A dis­play plan of the mu­seum, which is ex­pected to open in the sec­ond half of 2018, was fi­nal­ized fol­low­ing a meet­ing in Qufu city of Shan­dong prov­ince ear­lier this month.

The ma­jor mu­seum com­plex in Qufu con­sists of an 11,000-square-me­ter dis­play area, 7,000 square me­ters of ware­houses and a 1,000square-me­ter cul­tural her­itage restora­tion cen­ter, says deputy­cu­ra­torYangJin­quan.

The items to be dis­played on ro­ta­tion in­clude more than 300,000 doc­u­ments of the Con­fu­cius fam­ily from the Ming Dy­nasty (13681644) up to 1948 that con­tain de­tails of the fam­ily his­tory dur­ing feu­dal times.

In ad­di­tion, there will be more than 40,000 books dat­ing back to the Song Dy­nasty (960-1279) and more than 8,000 pieces of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories­fromtheMin­gand Qing (1368-1911) dy­nas­ties.

Con­fu­cius (551-479 BC), an ed­u­ca­tor and philoso­pher, founded Con­fu­cian­ism, a school of thought that deeply in­flu­enced later Chi­nese gen­er­a­tions.

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Qufu, the home­town of Con­fu­cius, hosts a cer­e­mony to pay trib­ute to the sage on April 2.

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