Down a winding hutong away from Beijing’s bustling crowds, lies a stunning temple that is now home to a sophisticated hotel.
Down a winding hutong away from Beijing’s bustling crowds, lies a stunning temple that is now home to a sophisticated hotel. Founded by Juan van Wassenhove, Li Chow and Lin Fan, who spent over three years restoring the site, the Temple Hotel is an authentic, tranquil space in the heart of downtown Beijing. The hotel’s exact location has over 600 years of rich history and was the site of several temples during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) including the Zhizhu temple 智珠寺 ‘The Temple of Wisdom’ which now forms part of the current hotel. Designed by founder Juan van Wassenhove, the interior design is modern, understated and perfectly blends with the historical surroundings. The hotel is also home to fine dining restaurant TRB and the hotel’s key theme of light is embodied in Gathered Sky, the first and only light installation by artist James Turrell in China. –Babette Radclyffe-Thomas
23 Shatan North Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China / 86 (0)10 8401 5680
Images courtesy of The Temple Hotel, Beijing and taken by Ben McMillan