Forbidden City -Rooftops

Yellow is the color of the Emperor. Thus almost all roofs in the Forbidden City bear yellow glazed tiles. There are only two exceptions. The library at the Pavilion of Literary Profundity (文渊阁) had black tiles because black was associated with water, and thus fire-prevention. Similarly, the Crown Prince’s residences have green tiles because green was associated with wood, and thus growth.

2 thoughts on “Forbidden City -Rooftops

  1. I really loved getting a tour of the Forbidden City — it was so interesting because every little thing you saw meant something when they built it. Such an interesting culture 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog btw, I really appreciate new readers. Look forward to seeing you around in the future!

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