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Guandu Temple, Taipei

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Dating back to 1661, Guandu 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. Take a look at our Taipei vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Guandu Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • IMHO this is the nicest temple in Taipei. Takes about an hour to get from downtown (red line, then you walk a bit) but the premises are beautiful. You can easily spend half a day here since there are ...  more »
  • though it is a bit on the outskirts, we rode bicycles through an interior road with a local friend. It was quite a ride for 2-3 hours but worth it. Started raining in between and cooled us down.  more »
  • Though it is far from Taipie but one can plan and visit and total activity from Taipie will be in Less than three hours.Take MRT up to Guandu and shuttle from outside stn to reach temple. Temple is be...  more »
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  • Fascinating temple! I try to visit every time I'm in Taipei.
  • Every Chinese new year we must go there and pray for the good luck for the whole year
  • One of the major temples in Taipei area. Great views on the very top overlooking Danshui river.
  • Splendid temple, well worth the trip. Also, I highly recommend going up the steps to see the gardens at the top. Great views
  • A spectacular ,peaceful and local religion center. I feel my mind cleaned whenever I come over.