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Why Cihyun Temple is special ?
Cihyun Temple (慈雲寺) is located near the Sacred Tree Station. It was built in 1919 and enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni donated by the king of Thailand. The 1000 year old bronze statue is filled with gold dust. This temple has a Japanese style prayer room. With its Japanese-influenced shape and high-altitude location, Alishans loveliest place of worship is a rarity among Taiwanese Temple.
What to explore at Cihyun Temple?
Alishan Cihyun Temple was built in the Japanese ruling period and located in Sianglin Village. It is a building with a single hall mostly made of wood, and built in memory of those who have died for the cultivation of Alishan. In front of the temple there is a small garden and in the garden is a bell tower. On top of the tower hangs a brass bell built in Taish 12 (1923). The temple has a wooden platform over a meter long which has existed since the Japanese ruling period. The ornamental fish on the roof is in the shape of a butterfly and hangs from the eaves; in red with a white background. The design is unique with vibrant colors, a classic Japanese styled Buddhist temple architecture.
How to get to Cihyun Temple?
From Chiayi Train Station to Alishan Forest Recreation Area:
Take train to Chiayi Train Station and take Chiayi Bus (Alishan route) to the Alishan Forest Recreation Area. It takes about 2.5 hours from the Train station to get to Alishan. Chiayi Bus runs at the following times: 06:10 08:10 10:10 12:10 14:10.
From HSR Chiayi Station to Alishan Forest Recreation Area:
Take HSR to HSR Chiayi Station and take BRT to Chiayi Train Station. From there, take Chiayi Bus (Alishan route) to the Alishan Forest Recreation Area. It takes about 2.5 hours from the Train station to get to Alishan. Chiayi Bus runs at the following times: 06:10 08:10 10:10 12:10 14:10.
- Very peaceful and undisturbed temple
- A beautiful Japanese Style temple
- Small temple, very tranquil
- Like a mysterious temple above the clouds
- Place to immerse yourself in tranquility
慈雲寺, 605, Taiwan, 嘉義縣阿里山鄉,44號