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Paoan Temple, Taipei

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Winner of a UNESCO Heritage Award, Paoan Temple conserves not only Taiwanese traditional decorative arts but also performance arts through its annual folk festival. Immigrants form China built the temple at the beginning of the 19th century, dedicating it to Taiwanese folk and farming gods. During the folk festival, you can see parades, thanksgiving rituals, and opera performances, or visit free clinics practicing traditional Chinese medicine. Make Paoan Temple a centerpiece of your Taipei vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Taipei trip builder .
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  • Tube and the shrine to the other gods and the atmosphere is solemn we wish Taiwan people and therefore hard Bill goom family
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  • Antique Temple of Miracles, this temple is also the second level of ancient miracles. There is a peaceful atmosphere in the temple, it feels very comfortable, the building is very classical to the evening point of light or a wind, it is beautiful.
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  • I went to three years Buri. It is wanted to go very dark the last time we went. Went to the Temple of here went to Confucius Temple in less than 10 minutes ' walk from Grand Hotel station. You come last as fervently pray you have realized that a lot of the best.
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  • Please go to this Temple! It's beautiful and a great way to experience a bit of Buddhism's practices. It's open to the public and fellow worshipers will gladly walk you through the practices, thus Westerners can participate in ceremony too.
  • Remarkable temple, beautiful art. Close by there is the street food area serving delicious food. Great experience!
  • Baoan-gong Temple, located next to the Confucius Temple, in old Dalongdong area of Taipei, which is the old or early immigrants communities (from China) in Taipei, is one of a few Taoist temples in old Taipei city. Baoan Temple survived Chiang Kai-Shek ruling era and increased its cultural influence in Taipei Taoism activities, because it was non-political during and post Chiang Kai-shek area and because it engages in humane social service works for the poor. In the last 30 something years, Baoan Temple becomes the center and main supporter of annual Taipei Cultural Festival and the main donor for the poor in winter season. For example, it would give rice and other cooking material for the poor before winter season comes. Baoan Temple and two other old Taiwanese Taoist temples in Dalongdong and Dihua Street area- Hsing-hsin-Gong Temple [address: No 2 and 9, Lane 307, Section 1, Dihua Street, Taipei] and Chieh-Hsiu-Gong Temple- were the favorites of old or senior Taoist believers in Taipei. However, Chieh-Hsiu-Gong Temple lost about 80% of its temple space because of power of eminent domain when Taiwan government took over its temple space for building National Highway 1, although it still has its influence in certain intellectuals and bureaucrats, such as current Taiwan Central Banker who is the regular donor for the temple's social service. Then, Hsing-hsin-gong Temple gradually lost its Taoism influence because it is located in narrow street with small building when old communities if the area also gradually disappear with younger generations move out the area, even though it was rebuilt from 3-floor of wood temple to 4-floor concrete temple.. Compared to other Taoist temples, Baoan Temple still preserves its cultural and religious practices and ceremonies, such as 8-family General Parade and Dance. During annual Taipei Cultural Festival, traditional Taiwan Opera is performed in its garden, which is across its temple. April and early May is an excellent time to visit the temple when there is also a series of cultural and religious activities, including parade or gods and generals patrol along the community streets, Taiwanese opera and other shows.
  • While most other reviews speak of quiet and relaxing we had a different experience. We visited at the same time as a delegation from a new, similarly named, temple in tianan happened to come by for some tea and biscuits. The parade that followed was great to see. Very opulent and fanciful. Great place to visit even on the quiet days!
  • I have been to thousands of temples and pagodas around Southeast Asia. This is one of my top 10 favourite.
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