Left and Right Annex Chambers

Left and Right Annex Chambers

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The left and right annex chambers are two symmetrical, structures. Each is 26 metres long, 7.1 metres wide and 7.4 metres high. In the middle of each chamber close to the wall is a coffin platform, which is framed with white marble and paved with “Gold Bricks.” Right in the centre is a square hole filled with loess linking the coffin  with the ground.  I t is known as “Gold Well. ‘, There is an old Chinese saying: buried with jade on a “Gold Well.” The “Gold Well” refers to the square hole, and jade was supposed to have the power to prevent the body from decomposing. That’s why uncut jade was found around the coffin, as you saw in the rear chamber. To the west of the plat-form are the entrance and a section of the underground passage. According to the Ming funerary institution, the coffins of the empresses were to be brought in through the left and right passages and placed on the platforms. When the Underground Palace was opened up in 1958, these two annex chambers were empty. The coffin of the Emperor and those of the empresses as well as funerary objects were all kept in the rear chamber. Presumably there was not enough time to open up the passages leading to the annex chambers.  All the three coffins were brought in through the front chambers were too narrow, chamber.

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