Chung Tai Chan Monastery, Nantou County

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The tallest Buddhist temple in the world, Chung Tai Chan Monastery affords visitors a look at an enormous modern place of worship, with impressive interior and decorations. Opened in 2001 by Grand Master Wei Chueh (instumental in revitalising Chan Buddhism in the country) after three years of planning and seven years of construction, the monastery provides modern Buddhists with a place of learning and spiritual cultivation. Fusing the ancient and the modern, the main building offers an huge array of sights across its 37 floors, with many spiritual halls, each lavishly furnished and housing impressive dieties. You'll need to pre-arrange a guided tour (English language options are available) to really delve further into the depths of the facility. Make sure you explore the picturesque gardens that surround the monastery. Put Chung Tai Chan Monastery and other Nantou County attractions into our Nantou County travel itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Where to stay in Nantou County

As a base for explorations of the county, Nantou offers a wealth of accommodations for its many visitors, from the outdoorsy minded, to cultural adventurers and luxury-lovers. Take a look in the center of town to find a number of hotels of all types, along with some simple guesthouses. On the outskirts, particularly by the river to the north, sit a good selection of boutiques boasting views of the surrounding landscape. Many visitors to the county also get tempted by lakeside accommodations by Sun Moon Lake--arguably the main natural attraction of the county--to the south.
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  • Quite incredible place to visit, you would't expect this size of monument in such a remote place. Even though temples can be quite similar I do recommend to visit. The place surrounding the temple bel...  more »
  • The whole building and grounds are exceptional! They hurry you through the inside areas near all the artifacts and buddhas, but you can take pictures. We didn't go in the museum this trip but would ha...  more »
  • I have visited this monastery in April 2017 with colleagues of the Asian University of Taichung. The place is wonderful in the heart of a green landscape. The 1st floor is a very big hall with huge st...  more »
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  • Beautiful and free! Great little trip from Taichung. Quiet and serene. Beautiful hand crafted gifts in the gift store. Wood sculpture museum is a must see.
  • find your inner peace here. Schedule a guide as much as possible so that one understand better about metaphor and true meaning about sculpture and building.
  • Astonishing. Ask for the free tour to see all the rooms. Unfortunately no pictures allowed inside
  • Definitely go see it, but I don't recommend donating anything. As impressive as this place is (along with the school across from it) they don't mention how many workers they stiffed and didn't pay fully in acts of wage theft. I know this first-hand from two different guys who worked on building it.
  • Worth to visit. Quiet and peaceful temple.