Laboring People's Cultural Palace
The Laboring People's Cultural Palace was known
as the Temple for Ancestral Worship but was renamed in 1950. It
is opposite to the Zhongshan Park and is located on the eastern
side of Tiananmen Gate’s rear portion.The palace and the surrounding
grounds cover an area of 140,000 sq meters.
First built in 1420 under the Ming emperor Yongle,
it served as the imperial temple for ancestral worship in the Ming
and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) and now contains a park, a library,
a gymnasium and other recreational facilities.