The Taipei Confucius Temple is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible Confucius temples in Taiwan. Dating back to the Qing Dynasty, it features traditional Chinese architecture similar to other Confucius temples in East Asia. It is open to the public and is within walking distance of the Yuanshan MRT Station. Also, it stays open until 9 PM at night. It is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Taipei.
The Taipei Confucius Temple was built during the Qing Dynasty in 1879 , not long after Taipeh Prefecture was created.
In 1930, the temple was completely demolished by the Japanese, but was later rebuilt by local resident Wang Yishun. The Japanese continued to try to stamp out traditional Chinese culture, and Shinto rituals were performed at the new temple.
After the KMT took control of Taiwan, the temple was used briefly as the headquarters of the Examination Yuan.
Now the temple is a popular tourist destination especially thanks to its location near the MRT.
8:30 AM to 9 PM, closed Mondays
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How to get there:
By MRT: The closest MRT station is Yuanshan Station, and is about a 5 minute walk. You can also book an MRT travel pass on Klook here.
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I have been to this temple twice. My favorite part about this temple is that it opens until 9 PM, which is four hours later than almost every other Confucius temple in Taiwan. You don't have to worry about rushing to get here before sunset.
On the way there, you may come across Dalong Street Night Market, which is right across the street.
View of Dalong Street Night Market at Dusk. This night market is kind of small, but is busier on weekends.
You may also come across Dalongdong Baoan Temple right across the street.
The area here on Hami Street is kind of an Old Street. I would argue that it is an old street.
Back door to the temple which was shut.
Side view of the temple from the parking lot.
Map of the temple grounds.
No droning and no pets allowed.
View of the temple from the main entrance.
Side view of the temple.
Inside the main courtyard.
View behind the main shrine.
Another view inside the main courtyard.
View looking up at the main shrine.
View looking sideways at the main shrine.
View looking inside the main shrine.
The main shrine is known as Chongsheng Shrine.
View into one of the side rooms.
View down one of the hallways.
View of the main shrine.
View of the outer courtyard.
Scrolls on display.
Airplane passing overhead.
The temple is quite close to Songshan Airport so you will see lots of airplanes coming by.
View of the outer courtyard.
Dragon sculpture on the wall.
View looking back from the stone bridge.
Side view of the outer courtyard gate.
Map of the temple.
Two statues of Confucius.
Another entrance in the gift shop.
Side wall of the temple.
Coming back to the main entrance.
Drum and main shrine.
Main shrine from a different angle.
View down the hallway.
Shrine in one of the side rooms.
Looking back on the main courtyard.
Back room which was closed.
Old beam which had been preserved.
This beam is from the 1929 temple construction.
Ceramic tile vent.
You can see more photos in the gallery below.
Also, stay tuned for our blog on Bao An Temple to come.
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