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The Sacred Hall of Warriors! No way! Look at this place...
  Po upon first entering the hall, Kung Fu Panda  

The Hall of Warriors[1] (also called the Hall of Heroes[2][3]) is a revered hall located within the main part of the Jade Palace. It was built along with the Palace nine hundred years ago in honor of Oogway for creating kung fu. This prestigious hallway was made to honor and commemorate the memories of fallen heroes who upheld the teachings of Oogway and used kung fu as a force for good.[4]

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Interior

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The Hall of Warriors contains artifacts from various kung fu masters, each won by heroic deeds.

Exterior

See Jade Palace.

History

Background

The Hall of Warriors was built along with the Jade Palace nine hundred years ago in honor of Oogway for creating kung fu. This prestigious hallway was made to honor and commemorate the memories of fallen heroes who upheld the teachings of Oogway and used kung fu as a force for good.[4]

In Kung Fu Panda

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Shifu presenting Tai Lung to Master Oogway

It was here in the Hall of Warriors that Tai Lung was presented before Oogway by Shifu, in order to determine if he was worthy of becoming the Dragon Warrior. However, Oogway saw darkness in Tai Lung's heart, and ultimately refused him the title, as well as the Dragon Scroll, which was being kept in the Hall of Warriors itself. Outraged by this denial, Tai Lung laid waste to the Valley of Peace before returning to the palace and crashing through the doors of the Hall of Warriors, with the intent to claim the scroll for himself. Tai Lung brutally knocked Shifu aside and leaped for the scroll, but was stopped in his tracks by Oogway and defeated. After this incident, Tai Lung was sent to Chorh-Gom Prison for his crimes.

Twenty years later, Shifu was summoned to the Hall of Warriors by Oogway, who had received a vision that Tai Lung would return to the valley. Shifu initially panicked at the thought of Tai Lung exacting his revenge, but Oogway came up with a solution; to decide which of the Furious Five would become the Dragon Warrior in a tournament. The tournament came to an unexpected conclusion when Oogway chose Po, a portly panda, as the Dragon Warrior.

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Po marveling at being in the Hall of Warriors

Po was swiftly brought up to the Jade Palace on a palanquin and left alone inside the Hall of Warriors. While admiring the many artifacts, Po encountered Shifu, who was furious that an inexperience panda had been chosen over his students. Shifu insulted the panda and threatened him with the Wuxi Finger Hold in order to pressure him into quitting, but Po remained determined. The two then visited the Training Hall.

After Shifu had succeeded in training Po in kung fu, having decided that Po was ready to receive the Dragon Scroll, Shifu collected the scroll from the dragon statue's mouth and handed it to the panda. However, they all received a shock when the scroll turned out to be blank. With nothing else left to do, Shifu told Po and the Furious Five to evacuate the Valley. He would stay behind and hold off Tai Lung long enough to make sure that everyone would be safe, even though he knew that the price would cost him his life. Preparing himself, he awaited Tai Lung's arrival on the steps outside the Hall of Warriors, and when the leopard showed up, the two engaged in violent combat inside the Hall.

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Shifu and Tai Lung's battle at the hall

The fight was evenly matched for a long time, until Tai Lung sent Shifu flying back with a fiery double-fisted punch. Defeated, Shifu knew that this was his one last chance at making amends with his former son and student, and apologized; confessing that his pride had blinded him to what Tai Lung was becoming. After a moment of clear indecision, Tai Lung hardened his heart and grasped the red panda by the throat tightly, proclaiming that he wasn't after an apology—he still wanted the scroll. Upon seeing the scroll missing, the snow leopard nearly strangled Shifu before the timely arrival of Po saved him. Upon seeing Po, Tai Lung tossed the semi-conscious Shifu aside and charged at him, the fight taking them outside the Hall.

Po and Shifu at peace

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Badly injured, Shifu remained in the Hall of Warriors during the ensuing battle that resulted in Po utilizing the legendary Wuxi Finger Hold on Tai Lung, and quickly returned to the palace to check on his mentor. Shifu was mistaken by Po to be dying, but he was merely quiet and still from finding peace after confronting his greatest mistakes. In the aftermath of the great battle, Po and Shifu rested in a meditative state next to the Moon Pool before Po suggested getting something to eat.

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Locations

Artifacts

Weapons and armor

Paintings and ceramics

Other objects

Trivia

  • The Kung Fu Panda filmmakers took inspiration from Chinese films in designing the palace. The interior, for example, pays homage to the King's palace in the 1997 film Hero.[5]

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References

  1. Revealed in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda (2008). Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger & directed by John Stevenson, Mark Osborne. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  2. Revealed in "Hall of Lame" from Nickelodeon's Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. No. 24, Season 1. Written by Kevin Seccia & directed by Juan Meza-Leon. Originally aired April 3, 2012.
  3. Revealed in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger & directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.
  4. 4.0 4.1 KFP1-site-favicon The Jade Palace on the September 24, 2010* version of the official Kung Fu Panda website via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  5. Kung Fu Panda Fun Facts (PDF) by Hewlett-Packard (HP)

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