The observatory covering 1,000 m2 was built in 1442and has been open to the public since 1983. Ancient star maps and instruments to watch stars can be seen here. Displays on the history of Chinese astronomy, and several large astronomical instruments set on top of an old watchtower of the city walls.
2 Dongbiaobei Hutong
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Ancient Observatory and Nearby Attractions on Map
Temple of Heaven(3.3 km)
Temple of Heaven, to the south-east of the Tiananmen Square, is the site where the emperor prayed every year for a bountiful harvest and fair weather.
Ritan Park(1.3 km)
The park contains the Temple of the Sun with an alter built in 1530 and used for sacrifices to the sun.
Dongyue Temple(1.9 km)
Taoist temple founded in 1319 with hundreds of life size plaster figures and the possibility of making offerings to different gods responsible for all kind of stuff.
Temple of the Sun(1.2 km)
Zhihua Temple(1.1 km)
Zhihua Temple(1 km)
Buddhist temple built in 1443 One of the largest, oldest and best preserved wooden structures in Beijing.
Silk Street(0.7 km)
Silk Street is a bustling market with over 1700 vendors, known for its counterfeit luxury apparel and accessories stores.
Ming Dynasty City Wall Site Park(0.8 km)
Beijing's city wall was build around 1435.
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