Discover Dalongdong Baoan Temple - Taipei
If you want a glimpse into Taiwan's vibrant and eclectic culture or a serene temple visit, Trip Guru recommends a trip to the neighboring Dalongdong Baoan Temple and Taipei Confucius Temple. Dalongdong Baoan Temple is a Taiwanese Folk Religion temple and is renowned for being a cornerstone of the development of the Datong district. The temple was constructed in 1804 and replaced a previous wooden shrine that was built in 1742. The temple received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Across the street is the Taipei Confucius Temple, modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China. This is the first Confucius Temple in Taiwan and was built in 1879. The Taipei Confucius Temple was restored and was later donated to the government. The Taipei Confucius Temple is currently under the authority of the Civil Affairs Bureau.
The Dalongdong Baoan Temple is heavily decorated with carved pillars, statuary, painted drawings, and figurines. The temple's architecture is unique as it incorporates elements from the regions that the early settlers of the Datong district came from. The roof ridge is in the Southern Fujian style, while the hanging decorative items are in the styles from Tong'an, Zhangzhou, and Quanzhou regions. Across the street is the more restrained Taipei Confucius Temple. The simple, yet elegant style is conducive to introspection. While not as elaborately decorated as the Dalongdong Baoan Temple, the Taipei Confucius Temple is beautifully accented with sculptures and painted ceramic tiles. The main hall of the Taipei Confucius Temple contains a black plaque with gold lettering that had been inscribed by Chiang Kai Shek with the words "Educate without Discrimination"
The temples are located in a quiet street and not as packed with tourists as the Longshan Temple. Travelers are reminded that these temples are active places of worship, please be discreet and do not bother the worshippers. Dalongdong Baoan Temple becomes lively during March to June when the temple holds its annual folk arts festival - all the events are free. The Taipei Confucius Temple celebrates Confucius' Birthday on September 28 with an elaborate ceremony starting at 6:00AM and presided over by the Mayor of Taipei. It's a very colorful event and tickets are sold at the temple about five days in advance - they always sell out.
To get to Dalongdong Baoan Temple and Taipei Confucius Temple, take the MRT Red Line to Yuanshan Station. Dalongdong Baoan Temple is open daily from 7:00AM to 10:00PM. Taipei Confucius Temple is open 8:30AM to 9:00PM from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed on Monday.