Hsinchu Confucius Temple 新竹孔廟
Hsinchu's Confucius Temple is one of the oldest in Taiwan, and also one of the best preserved. It was originally planned for demolition in 1955 but was saved by residents who convinced local officials to move it to its current location in Zhongshan Park.
Hsinchu's Confucius Temple was completed in 1817, during the Qing Dynasty in Taiwan. At the time, the city of Hsinchu was known as Zhuluo. Confucius temples during the Qing Dynasty were important symbols of civilization and culture, so the early Han settlers in Taiwan were eager to build such institutions in their newly settled land.
After the Japanese took control of Taiwan in 1895, the temple was used as a dormitory and base for militia and was later converted into a public school, including dormitories and classrooms.
After the ROC took control of Taiwan, the temple was also used by the military for some time.
Originally the temple was located near Chenghuang Temple and stood in the middle of a sprawling market. For the market to expand, the Confucius temple was planned for demolition in 1955 to be replaced with more market and road space, however protests from local people helped to preserve it from destruction, but there were still plans to move the building. However, when not enough money could be raised to move the building, local merchants who set up shop near the temple donated nearly 1 million NT at the time to preserve it.
The temple was moved to Zhongshan Park and became much smaller than it's original size, built on a smaller plot of land. The original temple stood where the current Hsinchu City Administration Building now stands. The temple was also restored again in 1986, 1999, and 2013.
8 AM to 5 PM
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From central Hsinchu, turn on to Shipin Road, and park near the south side of Hsinchu Park. There is an underground parking lot and paid parking on the side of the road. The temple is at the south side of the park.
By TRA: Hsinchu Confucous temple is only a ten minute walk from Hsinchu TRA station; it lies south of the station in Hsinchu Park.
Please see below:
I have been to Hsinchu's Confucious temple many times. It is within walking distance of my wife's relative's house and also in walking distance of Hsinchu City Zoo and Flower Market. I feel that it is one of the best preserved historical buildings in Hsinchu, and you can hardly tell that the building was moved from its original location.
In front of the temple is a large square where you can often find children riding bikes. It is one of the few safe places in the city for little kids to ride around freely.
View closer to the temple.
Full view of the entrance.
Fish pond in front of the temple.
View of the main gate.
View of the freshly painted roof.
View on the inside.
View of the main inner temple.
Another view looking into the main court.
Looking back at the entrance.
Names of scholars on the wall.
Another view of the roof.
View of the main shrine.
View of the roof above the main shrine.
More shrines to scholars.
View looking outside.
Couches in a side room.
View on the back side of the temple.
Another view from the inner court.
The main doors to the temple.
More photos of the temple in the gallery above.
Near the temple is also a large playground.
There is also a large children's park with playground equipment in front of the temple.
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