The Chung Tai Shan Monastery in Puli, Nantou County (aka Chung Tai Chan Buddhist Temple) is a large monastery, built by the same architect that built the Taipei 101. The building features a full size wooden pagoda inside the main tower, as well as a Buddhism museum. It is the tallest Buddhist Monastery in the world.
The Chungtai Shan Buddhist Temple is a large complex built as the headquarters for the Chung Tai Shan Buddhist Monastic Order.
The Monastic Order was founded in 1987 by Master Wei Chueh. Now the order has branches all over the world.
The monastery itself was completed in 2001, and is 136 meters tall. The cheif architect behind the building was Chu-Yuan Lee, the same architect that built the Taipei 101. It is the tallest Buddhist Monastery in the world, and the second largest in Taiwan behind Foguangshan.
8 AM to 5:00 PM every day
How to get there:
Car/Scooter: Take County Road 78 out of Puli (Shoucheng Raod) and continue north until you see the large monastery. It is hard to miss. There is free parking near the monastery.
Bus: Take an intercity bus from Taichung to Puli Bus Station. From there, take Nantou Bus 6651C to Chung Tai Monestary Station.
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We have been to the Chung Tai once on our round island trip of Taiwan in 2014. It was a very impressive place and I would recommend going especially if you are interested in learning more about Buddhism.
On the way there we saw many people going there via bus and walking to the entrance.
We parked near the entrance and began walking. The tower is impressive and looks like it was made from pure gold.
The main entrance to the monestary.
At the entrance to the monestary is a large room with an impressive golden buddha, and four Gods which act as pillars.
View of the ceiling in the main room.
People lining up for a tour in the main room.
The God with four faces here protects the way to the afterlife. He has four faces so that nothing gets past him.
Another view of the main room.
Red lion statue near the entrance.
To go inside, you must be accompanied by a monk tour guide. There was another foreigner with us, so we went with him on the English tour.
We were not allowed to take pictures past the entrance. The inside of the building is much more impressive, culminating with an eight story wooden pagoda inside the main tower behind glass. It is truly a serene and beautiful place. If you want to know more about what it looks like on the inside, go see it for yourself!
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