Lungshan Temple

Attraction Lungshan Temple Published on: 29-01-2016

2 hours
06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Must see
Kids
Free
Temple & Monument
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Longshan (lungshan) Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits. Longshan (lungshan) T

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Why Lungshan 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.


There are great decorative lamp fairs and temple activities on historical festivals. On each 1st and 15th day each month of lunar year, regular visitors will come to the temple for worship ceremony. The temple attracts many people. At normal times, there are domestic/foreign tourists visiting the temple. Longshan (lungshan) Temple is not only a temple, a sightseeing attraction, but also a second-degree historical site. There are traditional streets/shops, antique shops, Buddhists article shops, and Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple. These places are great to visit due to their richness in folk art.


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What to explore at Lungshan Temple?

The main entrance on Guangzhou Street borders a pleasant courtyard, replete with artificial waterfall on the right-hand side. Before entering the temple proper, take a look at the two dragon pillars outside the Front Hall, the only bronze pair in Taiwan.

Once inside you’ll see prayer tables and worshippers facing the Main Hall in the centre where Guanyin is enshrined – the principal image of the goddess has proved virtually indestructible over the years, surviving local conflicts, earthquakes and even the US bombing. Note the two gold censers (incense burners) in front of the hall, with their vivid cast images of “silly barbarians lifting a corner of the temple”, supposedly eighteenth-century depictions of the Dutch. This is the busiest part of the temple, but the deity-packed Rear Hall also receives a steady stream of visitors. The goddess Mazu is worshipped in the centre and fringed by guāngmíng lights, each representing a donation made in the hope of attracting good fortune.

To the far right is a separate shrine dedicated to the gods of literature, primarily Wenchang Dijun in the middle, patronized by students and anxious parents at examination time. Guan Di occupies the shrine on the far left and in front of this in a side hall is a newer altar dedicated to the Matchmaker, a sort of Chinese cupid.

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How to get to Lungshan Temple?

Transportation

1. Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Taipei Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2B → Minzu W. Rd. → Expressway → Guilin Rd. → Sec. 1, Xiyuan Rd. → Guangzhou St.

2. Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Zhonghe Interchange → County Hwy 106A → Township Road Bei-91 → County Hwy 114 → Guangfu Bridge → Sec. 2 to 1, Xiyuan Rd. → Guangzhou St.

Public

1. Take the THSR to Taipei Station, continue by MRT to Longshan Temple Station.

2. Take the train to Wanhua Station.

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  • “Traditional & culture experience”
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  • “Fascinating place”
  • “Beautiful cultural experience”
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Tips for you

  • When you leave the temple, take a stroll around the temple for a shopping or two.
    Shopping
  • Entrance is free, but donations to maintain the upkeep of the temple are accepted.
    Things to do
  • In the bazaar area surrounding Longshan Temple, fortune tellers set up shop with small stands and booths.
    Things to do
  • In the evening, this is also a good place to integrate and learn the local cultures: as many locals gather here for street food, chess, music etc
    What to see
  • Visit Guangzhou Night Market, and make sure to try the snake soup at snake alley west of the temple
    Food
  • It's very good place to take pictures and feel the history.
    Experience
  • The best times to visit Longshan are around 6am, 8am and 5pm, when crowds of worshippers gather and engage in hypnotic chanting.
    Timming
  • Huaxi Night Market is located just west of the temple
    Things nearby
  • Don't forget to visit Bangka [Wanhua] Qingshan Temple (艋舺青山宮), located a few blocks north of Longshan and a quick walk.
    Things nearby
  • There are three (night) markets around the temple: 1) Hua Xi Street 2) Guangzhou Street 3) Wuzhou Street.
    What to know
  • The temple is easy enough to find if you are traveling by metro, it has a stop to its name, LongShan.
    Transportation
  • Its a short walk from an MRT station.
    Transportation

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Interesting place in the center of the city. The history is worth a read and so is a stroll around the surrounding neighborhood

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This very accessible temple (right off one of the MRT stops) is a great introduction to Buddhist temples. It has colorful painted and carved buildings, and I especially liked the fun rooftop statues. I was very impressed by how active the temple is, with tables full of offerings (fruit and flowers) and many people going through prayer rituals with incense and candles. The pretty fountains in the courtyard also feel like a nice break from the bustle of the city. The temple's location right in the center of Taipei is great since there are local shops and restaurants nearby - we had a nice lunch just down a side street after our visit.

TripAdvisor View more

This very accessible temple (right off one of the MRT stops) is a great introduction to Buddhist temples. It has colorful painted and carved buildings, and I especially liked the fun rooftop statues. I was very impressed by how active the temple is, with tables full of offerings (fruit and flowers) and many people going through prayer rituals with incense and candles. The pretty fountains in the courtyard also feel like a nice break from the bustle of the city. The temple's location right in the center of Taipei is great since there are local shops and restaurants nearby - we had a nice lunch just down a side street after our visit.

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when i was there... the place was pack.... it is very good place because it is near huaxi street night market...

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Very nice old temple in Taipei. Really...you have to visit this temple. I took my time and explore what the temple and the local people who visit his temple. Explore what they are doing. I got luck that a young guy came to me who could speak english. He explained to me what the rituals where from the local people in this temple.

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