Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Taichung Confucius Temple

9/20/2012 Taiwan Explorer

Taichung Confucius Temple 臺中市孔廟 is one of the youngest Confucius temples in Taiwan. It was constructed between 1974 and 1976 and is today regarded by me as the most beautiful temple in the city. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder, nevertheless, this temple is quite a looker. What makes it different from other temples is the architecture, that features elements from the Song Dynasty (source), which is in stark contrast with the other Confucius temples in Taiwan, that are incorporating Qing Dynasty architecture. If you're planning a sightseeing tour around Taichung City, this temple should definitely be on your list. And since you are in the area, you can pay a visit to the Taichung Martyrs' Shrine 忠烈祠, which is located right next to the temple.

Let me share some photos with you from 2011:

Two colossal gates were erected outside the temple.

This is the main entrance to the temple's premises.

The small hall marks the main area.

The door was closed, nevertheless we...

...knock knock knocked on heaven's door...

...passed through and finally reached the main court yard.

The incredible Main Hall or Dacheng Hall 大成殿.

Inside the side buildings.

The Dacheng Hall again.

The arches of Archibald.

Outfits of the past on display.

A side building at the back of the main hall.

The backyard.

A detail of the hallway.

The altar and our last peek inside before we left.

When I visited the temple, I rode a scooter. However, there are a whole lot of bus options available from the main railway station, check this overview for further information.

My 2012 SOUTH-CENTRAL TAIWAN Tour - NEXT: The tour ends here.

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