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Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple), Taipei

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Appreciate the convergence of tradition, religion, and art at Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple). Take a cable car to get to the mesmerizing building, built in 1882 to honor one of the so-called eight immortal deities. The temple, besides being beautiful, also serves as a sort of compass, with its front facing due south. Admire the statues of the deities and the famous philosopher Confucius, as well as the painted decorations inside and the views of the rich greenery outside. Legend has it that unmarried couples break up if they visit the temple together. See Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple) and all Taipei has to offer by arranging your trip with our Taipei vacation generator.
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  • Lu Dongbin , the Taoist god of sexual prowess resides here. There is also a Jade Emperor and a black Buddha. Those who are strong can walk the 1300 steps right up to the Temple from the Bus Stand belo...  more »
  • We did not see many foreigners at the temple. It probably attracts more Chinese and Taiwanese visitors. There is a docent that will give you a general tour in English if you want to learn more. On tha...  more »
  • This age-old temple's name "Chih Nan" in Chinese means "pointing to the south" which indicates the deity there could provide you "guidance" when you lost your way in life and needs someone higher up t...  more »
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  • Worthwhile to visit for its very traditional style of Taiwan's folklore Taoism. Rich resources for a further try to understand the Chinese religious beliefs of Taoism. A walk in the mountains leads you to a retreat away from the congested Taipei City. However, an ancient folk tale warning unmarried couples to visit. Since the god worshipped there strictly examines the flaws of romantic relationships.
  • It 's a great view to see whole Taipei ,you can get here by taking a bus(no. 530 ) ,get off at desteration (Chih Nan Temple ) there is an old street ,vendors who sell things here , you need go through old street to temples or you can take MRT and then transfer a Maokong cable car to here .
  • Located in a beautiful mountain setting with breathtaking views over the Taipei basin, the Zhinangong (指南宮) Temple Complex is a small island of solitude that overlooks a busy and noisy city. On a day with good visibility, it's possible to see as far as Danshui (淡水) and Taoyuan (桃園). It's an excellent place from which to view the sunset, especially in summer time, when the air is clearer, and the view of the setting sun is unobstructed by hills surrounding the complex. The temple complex itself is quite impressive, with classical Daoist architecture, mixed with several modern Taiwanese touches. There are three main buildings, connected together with pedestrian walkways. However, the infrastructure is clearly showing its age. The walls and pathways around the temple buildings are dilapidated and have fallen into disrepair, with crumbling dirty paintwork and cracked pavements that clearly have not been maintained for years. Some of the outdoor pathways connecting different areas of the complex are covered by corrugated iron roof structures and strip lighting. There's also plenty of rusty metal and exposed electrical cabling: hardly fitting for a temple that's described as having a "stairway of a thousand steps". Additionally, there's another source of irritation. At busy times, some temple visitors are in the habit of riding scooters and motorcycles up the pedestrian walkways of the temple, sometimes at particularly high speed. So if you're looking for peace and quiet and you're on foot, it's good to be mentally prepared for the occasional scooter to race by. All in all, it's a bit disappointing compared with what this place could be, especially given the beautiful mountain setting. With investment and good management, this temple has the potential to rival such temples as Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan, but it would require significant amounts of renovation. The roof structure of the northern-most temple building is currently under renovation, and there are new pathways being constructed, so perhaps there will be improvements in the future. Overall, I'd still recommend a visit, especially if you're in the area. The architecture is perhaps not as inspiring as some other temples in Taiwan, but the view over Taipei certainly makes up for it.
  • Spectacular views and a really nice walk
  • gorgeous temple but it is under renovation