Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple), Beitou

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Dating back to 1661, Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) stands as a mixed Taoist and Buddhist temple dedicated to both Mazu, Goddess of the Sea, and Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy. On a hill, this immense temple’s upper levels and gardens provide expansive views over the riverfront below. Inside, find examples of exquisite workmanship: intricate decorations of stone lions, dragon pillars, wall sculptures and carvings. The complex includes smaller temples and sanctuaries and even a cave along the side. Brace yourself to climb countless stairs, though. If you enjoy the smell of incense, observe people praying. To escape the crowds of worshippers and tourists, take a stroll in the park behind the temple or along the riverside path. Put Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) and other Taipei attractions into our Taipei trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Worship place of the sea-goddess Mazu. Huge, multistorey temple complex that serves not only as a religious place - some shops, art venue, some food. The origins date back to 17th century. Beatiful de...  more »
  • The complex is an active temple where most people come here for praying and not taking pictures. It doesn't seem to be a part of tour groups which means very little tourists come here. The complex is ...  more »
  • I was wondering what it would be like to visit Taiwan for the first time, but it's similar to Thailand, and there are many temples and people who are friendly. The small temples are particularly impressive.
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  • The best and most beautiful place I saw in Taipei in 4 days.Lots to see and you can spend there a lot of time. Mostly local people there. Many places to sit down and enjoy the river or temple view from the top of the hill and many gardens halfway there. Highly recommended.
  • The best temple that we visited in Taipei. Large, multilevel complex that astounds with colour and detailed carving, including on top of the roof. Make sure you explore the tunnels and the garden at the back of the temple. We took the Metro and then a 80 NTD taxi ride in from the station.
  • Beautiful temple with lots of things to explore. It's bigger than a lot of temples I visited.
  • Such a beautiful place! Large, multilevel temple where you can spend hours...
  • From the outside, it initially didn't seem like much. I was even wondering if I want to make a stop. But it was way beyond expectation, it's huge inside and the view is spectacular. You can see Taipei 101 on a clear day.
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