The Kaohsiung Confucius Temple (aka Qishan Confucius Temple) is the largest Confucius Temple in Taiwan. It was built over the former Qishan Shinto Shrine. Today it is an important place for Confucian learning and a popular tourist attraction in former Kaohsiung County.
The Kaohsiung Confucius Temple was completed in 1985 over the ruins of the former Qishan Shinto Shrine. Covering an area over 4 hectares, it is the largest Confucius Temple in Southeast Asia, if you count Taiwan as Southeast Asia.
The Qishan Shinto Shrine was built in Gushan Park in 1936. It was later destroyed by the KMT after the Japanese left Taiwan after WWII. Parts of the original Shinto Shrine can be found around the park.
Qishan's Confucius Temple is not the only Confucius temple in Taiwan. There is another one in Zuoying, so the temples trade years for annual Kaohsiung Confucius ceremonies.
9 AM to 5 PM (closed on Mondays)
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Kaohsiung, take National Highway 10 or provincial highway 28 to Qishan. The temple is on the top of the hill near the center of town.
By Bus: From Zuyping HSR station, you can take the E01A bus to Qishan. It's about a 20 minute walk from the Qishan Bus Station.
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I have been to the Qishan Confucius temple three times. It's a nice place to relax and enjoy the views of Qishan. It is also one of the largest Confucius temples in Taiwan.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above. If you scroll a bit back to the city, you can see a DPP rally going on. This was taken in late 2019.
View from the front steps of the temple. From the parking lot, you can see some great views of downtown Qishan.
View through the first gate.
Traditionally forbidden city style architecture. This whole place is like a mini forbidden city.
Red pillars outside the main courtyard.
The main worship hall.
View from above via drone.
Dragon design in the center.
The main shrine in the temple, with is spirit tablet for confucious.
A man praying in front of more spirit tablets.
Looking back into the main courtyard.
Once you are done touring the temple, be sure to check out Qishan Old Street down below.
For another in depth look at this place, check out this blog by Josh Ellis.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more of our blogs on Kaohsiung to come!
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