Jin Shrines, Santai Ge 晉祠三臺閣



  • Santai Ge (English)
  • 三臺閣 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 三台阁 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Sāntáigé (Pinyin)
  • San-t'ai-ko (Wade-Giles)
  • Jinci Santaige (English)
  • 晉祠三臺閣 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 晋祠三台阁 (Simplified Chinese)

Building Information

Constructed at the beginning of the Guangxu reign period (1875-1909) by the abbot monk Xutan 續曇 who raised the money to have it built, the Santaige is located north of the Lü (Dongbin) Temple-pavilion and faces eastward. According to Liu Dapeng's Jincizhi 晉祠志, because the three elevated structures were of similar size, they were called Santai (Three Terraces). The name Santai in turn refers to the emperor's three terraces: the Lingtai or Numinous terrace (靈臺) for observing constellations, the Shitai or Seasonal Terrace (時臺) for observing the four seasons, and the Youtai or Menagerie Terrace (囿臺) for observing birds and beasts. Another possibility for the meaning comes from astronomical treatises 天文志, which describes the Santai as a constellation of six stars in three pairs: Shangtai 上台, Zhongtai 中台, and Xiatai 下台. Because the three pavilions were located high on the mountain slope, they may have been considered in resonance with this constellation. For more details see Liu 1986, 88-89. This structure is number 30 on the plan located on our plan of the site.1

Date 1875 - 1909
Dynasty Qing 1644-1912 2

Works Cited

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  • 1 MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 196.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 3 劉. 1986. 晉祠志, 88-89.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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