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Guandu Temple, Taipei

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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. Put Guandu Temple and other Taipei attractions into our Taipei trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Göta älv was the place packed with attractions. I'm want to slowly turn around, taking the time because so far look pretty, gufo cave.
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  • Worthy to visit this temple. It wasnt in our itinerary to visit this place at first. But our tour guide recommended we should drop by since it is not far from the place we at, TamSui Old Street. We ju...  more »
  • Read all the amazing reviews and visited in this trip. This is a amazing temple with 2 built in tunnels with lots of Buddha statues. Take the red line train to Tamshui direction and alight at Guandu s...  more »
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  • Oldest, well maintained, huge (can sleep here if no place to stay) temple. Great stop over after bicycling to explore and pray.
  • One of the oldest Mazu temples in Taiwan, this is a popular destination for devotees of the goddess of the sea. It does not feel the need to profile itself as a tourist destination, so don't expect elaborate tourist brochures, but outsiders are always welcome. Groups can book a free tour guide. Especially for an English guide this is best done well in advance. Insanely busy on Chinese New Year and during celebrations.
  • Well maintained temple, has a lot of buildings and statues. I was amazed by the roof and wall ornaments and carvings (probably recent work / renovated, but impressive nonetheless). There are free guidebooks available in english, japanese and chinese, explaining a lot about the temple, the gods, and how to pray. Nice experience to do!
  • 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

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