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Confucius Temple

One of the most important religious sites in Taiwan is an old temple complex filled with shrines and sculptures and noted for its architectural beauty.

The Confucius Temple is a magnificent 17th-century compound that served as the island's first university. The important site is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his disciples. See halls, shrines and ceremonial gates and marvel at the beauty of the traditional Chinese architecture.

The original temple complex was completed in 1666. Over the centuries, wars and natural disasters destroyed the buildings and they have been rebuilt and restored on numerous occasions. Much of what you see today is the result of renovations in the early 20th century.

Go to the temple’s main hall, Dacheng Hall, which dates back to the early 18th century. Look over the exterior with its tiered roof and sculptures of dragon figures known as Chiwen. Inside, admire the calligraphy on the wooden tablets that were gifts from emperors and presidents. Next door is the Hall of Edification, which once served as the temple’s center of Confucian studies. Just inside the entrance is an old stone table, which outlines the school rules.

Stop by the exhibition room to see clothes and vessels used in ritual ceremonies. One of the most important artifacts is a wine drinking vessel made with clay taken from the tomb of Confucius.

Wander through the grounds to enjoy the intricacy and beauty of the architectural design details. Admire the ceremonial gates, including Li-Men, the Gate of Rites. In the northeastern part of the compound, find the three-story Wen Chang Pavilion. The late 19th-century building is dedicated to Wen Chang, the god of literature. Break up your tour by sitting under the shade of a banyan tree in the attractive courtyard.

During your visit, you may see rituals and ceremonies. One of the most important is on September 28, when the birthday of Confucius is traditionally celebrated.

The Confucius Temple is situated in Tainan's West Central District, just over the road from the 18th-century Pan Gao Stone Arch. The temple is open every day except Mondays and while admission to the grounds is free, there is a charge to go into Dacheng Hall.


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