Baoguosi, also called Baoguo Temple, was one of the Buddhist temple and first contructed in the Liao Dynasty in the southern part of downtown Beijing, During the Ming Dynasty, it was used to hold a member of the royal family. By the early Qing dynasty, the temple had already been turned into a popular bazaar for books and flowers. the Baoguosi Temple is more like antique marketplace than a temple. But it still keeps the appearance of a temple. It has three halls. Two of the three halls as well as the buildings circling the temple wall are used either as warehouses or showrooms.
Now Baoguosi has expanded to include an antique market, a souvenirs and gifts market, coin markets and a stamp collection market. Traders there also sell miscellaneous items as jade, coins, Buddha statues, old books, calligraphy works, paintings and many more!
There will be more sellers, specially more mobile vendors on the weekend. In fact only on the weekend, these mobile vendors are allowed to sell their stuff on the ground. The big difference between Baoguosi Culture Market and other antique markets is that Baoguosi market is well focused on ancient coins, old ppaper money and old books.