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Longshan Temple, Taipei

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Known by locals as a "meeting place of the gods," Longshan Temple serves as one of the oldest and most famous temples in Taiwan. Han settlers from Fujian established the temple in 1738, dedicating it to Kuan-in, the Mother of Mercy, which is represented by a statue in the main hall. This statue was left intact after the main hall was destroyed in an air-raid near the end of World War II. Over the years, the temple suffered damage from cyclones, earthquakes, and fires, but has been restored repeatedly. See numerous Taoist deities in the back hall testifying to the tolerant nature of the Chinese religions. The name of the temple translates to "Dragon Mountain," which explains the colorful dragons on the roof and the intricately carved twirling dragons on the bronze pillars at the entrance. A visit to Longshan Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Taipei journey planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • Since it was raining it was not as packed as it normally is. I found the architecture beautiful and the culture enriching. A must do, but go during the day only.  more »
  • The temple was beautiful but was too crowded on the day we visited. There are better temples in Taipei.  more »
  • We were here during the Chinese new year, was therefore not in the Temple when it was very crowded. But it was an awesome experience to see all who flocked there.
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  • This is a beautiful temple and amazing place. The atmosphere is fantastic, filled with visitors from all over the world. The smell of incense and the visual displays are amazing. A great place to spend a few hours taking pictures or just experience it's beauty.
  • Disregard Google maps posting of open/closed timings: the temple is open before 6:00 p.m. I am here at noon on a Sunday. What starts at 6 are formal religious services and right now it is lively with tourists and worshippers. So, now that you're here, revel in the intricate sculptural imagery. While great care has been bestowed upon the inner sanctums, I look forward to continued colorful restorations of outer temple details exposed to the elements.
  • The Temple looks really vibrant and colorful. Representative of the Chinese architect. You receive one essence stick for free. If you want more, you will have to make purchase. Also there is a lot of good food around.
  • Looks having a very religious atmosphere. Quite bigger than expected. You can enjoy complicated but very sensitive structures and design everywhere in this temple as well as incenses and fortune telling. Recommended.
  • Its a good place to chill. The temples are fun to take photos with, the air is clear, at our time there were booths selling loads of foods, toys, etc. Recommend to visit! Not too crowded too!!

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