Jin Shrines, Iron Man Terrace  晉祠鐵人臺



  • Iron Man Terrace (English)
  • 鐵人臺 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 铁人台 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Tiěréntái (Pinyin)
  • T`oeh-jen-t`ai (Wade-Giles)
  • Lotus Terrace (English)
  • 蓮花臺 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 莲花台 (Simplified Chinese)

Building Information

Originally built during the Shaosheng reign period of Song Zhezong (1094-1098). Four cast-iron statues are located in the four corners of the terrace, considered to be water-guarding spirits. They are nicknamed the 4 Iron Han, each are more than 5 feet tall. 2 were cast in the Shaosheng period, one in the Huizong’s Zhenghe period (1111-1118), and one in the Ming Hongzhi period (1488-1506). The original purpose of this terrace, as well as later repairs to the statues, is discussed more fully in Miller’s The Divine Nature of Power, Chapter 6.1

Date 1094 to 1098
Dynasty Northern Song 960 - 1127 2

Works Cited

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  • 1 MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 192.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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