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Longshan Temple, Taipei

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#1 of 234 in Historic Sites in Taiwan
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. Longshan Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Taipei Edition.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Third visit for the first time went to Longshan Temple. Just thought I stop by at the temple, etc are not going to down the MRT station, was surprised. Often seen drunk people wanted security, quickly get away from this station. Feels that purify the mind in the temple, but near the temple and train station square, local people are hanging out at come tourists were staring at. Left early. Feels like a dirty train station, tourist attraction to wonder why I was wondering.
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  • August 18, 2017
    So pretty, so tranquil... We visited one afternoon and again in the evening. People were quite friendly and we didn't feel intrusive observing them in prayer. One woman even said "hello, you are welco...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Tourists rather than local power spot. Feels はばかれる taking a lot of pictures. Sacred sounds.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Still a great place to visit, but there seems something missing, if not more commercial about the operation (than my fonder memories from ~20 years ago)
  • June 6, 2017
    One of the most famous temple in Taiwan. Here you can see the most traditional way of Taiwanese temple culture. Bring a your wishes and questions here and pray with a pious mind in this sacred place.
  • April 16, 2017
    What a beauty! Visited the temple as a part of tourmeaway walking tour. It's been constructed four times. Twice destroyed by natural disasters - earthquake and typhoon. Once destroyed in 1919 by American Air Force. Such a peaceful place.
  • June 15, 2017
    Very serene experience. I come again and again. Beautiful atmosphere.
  • June 4, 2017
    Beautiful at night! Plenty of tourists making insensitive poses inside but... still a historic and gorgeous temple worth a visit. There are two areas to worship Guanyin and Mazu respectively.

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