Jin Shrines, Gongshuzi Shrine Complex  晉祠公輸子祠



  • Gongshuzi Shrine Complex (English)
  • 公輸子祠 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 公输子祠 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Gōngshūzicí (Pinyin)
  • Kung-shu-tzu-tz`u (Wade-Giles)


  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 37.708533° Long. 112.434278°
  • Building Information

    Gongshuzi is the honorific name of Lu Ban 魯班, the ancient craftsman from the State of Lu 魯國. Originally named Gongshu Ban 公輸班, he is said to have lived during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BCE). A statue of him is worshiped in the main hall. The complex consists of a main hall of three bays, a surrounding wall, and an entry gateway. The original date of establishment is unknown and it does not appear on the "Jinci zhitu 晉祠之圖," Gao Ruxing’s 1551 map of the site. The statuary niche was repaired in the 8th year of the Yongzheng period (1730); the complex was repaired again in the 35th year of the Qianlong period (1770). The shrine complex is number 23 on the Jin Shrines site plan.1

    Date 1730-1760
    Dynasty Qing 1644-1912 2

    Works Cited

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    • 1 刘. 2015. 晋祠文化遗产全书, vol. 5, 141.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 漢語大詞典編纂処. 2011. 漢語大詞典Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 194.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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    Tracy Miller, “Jin Shrines, Gongshuzi Shrine Complex 晉祠公輸子祠 .” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published October 23, 2020. https://architecturasinica.org/place/000048u.

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