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Ren Wei Taoist Temple

renwei daoist temple in Guangzhou

Renwei Taoist Temple is a temple dedicated to enshrine and worship the Taoist Emperor Zhenwu. According to historical records, construction of the Renwei Taoist Templewas commenced in 1052, the 4th year of Emperor Huangyou's reign in the Song Dynasty. It was refurbished in 1622 (the 2nd year of Emperor Tianqi's reign in Ming Dynasty), in the period 1736-1795 (the reign of Emperor Qianglong in Qing Dynasty), and likewise during the period 1862-1874 (the reign of Emperor Tongzhi in Qing Dynasty. The temple had only three quadrangles in its middle and west in the reign of Emperor Qianlong, but when further repaired in the Qing Dynasty, on the east side and two more rear quadrangles were added when rebuilt.

Legend has it that Emperor Zhenwu was in charge of water, thus he is called North Emperor or Aquatic Celestial. That's why Renwei Taoist Templewas called North Emperor Temple in its early life.. Its name was later changed to Renwei Temple, for Emperor Zhenwu was well-known for his "Shenwei" (divinity).

The main building of Ren Wei Temple is trapezoidal in shape. The wood carvings in the temple are exquisite: for example, the front door is a wood carving with particularly significant and elegant designs, and the main ridge is covered with pottery figurine tiles. The stone carvings, brick carvings, pottery sculptures and plaster moulding all combine to make a deep impression on visitors. The buildings in the temple are solemn and simple, and have the special features of traditional Lingnan workmanship, and, as a result, are invaluable cultural relics in and of them. The three halls on the front side are dedicated to the deities of the Taoist pantheon, in the back hall with white and red wooden plates commemorating locals’ deceased family members.


Admission Fee: free of charge

Opening Hours:

Address:Miaoqian Street, Longjin West Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou

Chinese Address:广州市荔湾区龙津西路庙前街 仁威祖庙

How to get there

  • Take subway line 5 and get off at Zhongshanba Station.Out of Exit B and walk around 550 yards (500m) toward southeast.