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Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple), Taipei
(4.1/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Maokong is to change direction in the middle of a refocused the station soon. Zhinan Temple is not immediately visible from the station temple-like building, like Zoo facilities. Spotlessly clean, trails and information, and to get there. Very respectable Taoist temple. Exoticism is enough.
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  • 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 »
  • 隱身於木柵山區的指南宮是道教寺廟,主祀應該是八仙之一呂洞賓。由於傳說呂洞賓苦追何仙姑不成,故坊間皆說情侶不可同來此宮,會招致分手。 
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  • Located in a beautiful mountain setting with breathtaking views over the Taipei basin, the Zhinangong (指南宮) Lu Immortal Ancestors (呂仙祖) Temple 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. The temple itself is quite impressive, with classical Daoist architecture, mixed with several modern Taiwanese touches. However, the infrastructure is clearly showing its age. The walls and pathways around the temple are dilapidated and have fallen into disrepair, with crumbling dirty paintwork and cracked pavements that clearly have not been maintained for years. The steps leading up to the temple are covered by a roof structure composed of corrugated iron and strip lighting, with 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. When we spoke with the management about the problem, they didn't seem particularly concerned. 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 amount of renovation, and management that cares about aesthetics, safety and solitude. The temple roof structure is currently under renovation, 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.
  • Nice temple that is accessible by gondola(cable car) or by walking. Several temples, shrines, and great views of the city. Also a number of good hiking trails.
  • I really like this place, since it's easy-reached by just taking magnificent view gondola, and you can experience real temple culture of Taiwan, when you stepping out the station!!!!
  • 視野開闊,天氣好時,可遠眺台北盆地,是座香火鼎盛的知名廟宇,主祀八仙中的呂主洞賓,又稱仙公廟,傳說情侶去會分手
  • 呂仙祖一般人只看到文獻上的一些記載,其實並不是很瞭解,在此透露一點點大家不知道的事,但你們一定會問我為何知道,礙於天機,恕難奉告;首先,大家必先知道 達摩祖師,達摩祖師是仙界唯一文武雙全的佛祖,不論經書、五術(含中醫)、法術、武術,樣樣精通,造詣高深莫測,而呂仙祖是佛道兩棲,一方面是道教丹鼎派祖師、六壬派祖師(其中一位),更是 達摩祖師最得意的弟子(唯一),承襲祖師文武方面之妙法,玄天上帝手中那把斬妖伏魔的劍,是一把上古時代的劍,是 達摩祖師親贈呂仙祖,呂仙祖再借給玄天上帝使用,而呂仙祖(呂洞賓)雖在北宋時有下凡,其實他本就是仙界成道且位階很高的神明,若以佛教道行的位階區分(道教區分較複雜),應等同羅漢階層,僅次於菩薩,可見其道行之深,仙界大多數的神明皆在其下,順便告訴大家,前年,復興航空掉落至基隆河,至第八天仍有一位女性大體未尋獲,呂仙祖本於慈悲為懷,隔天便派遣天兵天將引導救難人員尋獲,講到這裡,大家一定認為我在瞎掰,我就老實說好了,我本仙界禪宗弟子,與呂仙祖本就熟識,時間到了就必須下凡間一趟,呂仙祖有時會來找我論道聊天,只是我的道行被暫時寄在仙界,不能帶下來,即時想行善濟世也能力有限,說到唐朝李淳風(推背圖),也是六壬派弟子,說太多了,不能講太多仙界的事,否則會被神明處罰,阿彌陀佛!