Attraction No. 211, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 Published on: 13-11-2015
|06:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
|First-time visit Second-time visit|
Longshan Temple is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Longshan Temple is special ?
Longshan (lungshan) Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits. Longshan (lungshan) Temple is facing the South. Its architecture is a three-section design in shape. There are the front hall, the rear hall and the right/left dragons protecting the middle hall. The layout is square and serene. The temple was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and damages caused by men, the temple was restored for several times. The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated. There is a pair of bronze dragon poles in the front hall, four pairs of dragon poles in the middle hall. The sculptures are delicate. There are also exquisite wood sculptures. Among them, the well and Budda setting in the main hall are highly appreciated. The temple has many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value.
What to explore at Longshan Temple?
With a mass of Chinese poems, verses, and phrases onsite representing values of the religion and Chinese culture. Through visiting this magnificent temple, visitors will have a detailed understanding of Chinese traditional architectures and religion.
During the first and fifteenth day of each month of the lunar calendar, numerous worshippers would visit the temple for ceremonies. Besides, visitors may also join the lamp fairs and other activities held on historical festivals.
Many local and foreign travelers not only visit Wanhua for the significant Longshan Temple but also taste Chinese delicacies at Huaxi Street Night Market. Enjoy yourself an intellectual, culinary trip to Wanhua District.
How to get to Longshan Temple?
1. Take MRT Bannan line(捷運板南線) to Longshan Temple MRT Station(捷運龍山寺站) directly.
By Bus :
1. Take bus route 205, 229, 231, 234, 242, 264, 601, 62, 624, 628, 701, 702, 703, 705, 9, 527, 673, 25, 38, 49, 64, 310 to Longshan Temple stop(龍山寺站) directly.
- An interesting place of worship
- Holy, religion and cultural place
- Splendid legacy of the old times
- Typical architecture of Chinese culture
- Local Temple reflecting the beliefs of the locals
No. 211, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tips for you
Worth visiting if you are around the area. Depending on the religious calendar you may find different rituals going on. It could get quite busy during weekends so I'd recommend to visit on the weekdays. One of the things I liked the most is the artificial waterfall they have just entering the temple. It caught me by surprise as I was not expecting to see something like this. It's actually very realistic because hey use big trees and rocks that you would probably find on forests.
I visited Lungshan Temple twice because I liked to look at the details of decoration too much. It's old but have a very good maintenance. All the drawings in the pillars and lanterns are still very clear. If you come here, before go inside, please take few minutes to read the information near the gate about this architecture. They provide very comprehensive information to help tourist understand more about history, architecture, culture. There were some tourists, of course, but most of people in the temple were local so I could silently observe their activities. Near the exit, they sell some lucky charms, which can be interesting souvenir
Hustling and bustling temple just outside the center of Taipei. Expect many Chinese / Taiwanese to do their prayers, which is quite interesting to see. Good spot for people watching.