Chi Nan Temple 指南宮 (sometimes spelled Zhinan Temple) is one of Taipei's most famous Taoist temples. The name literally means "Point to south temple" and was given after the Chi Nan Mountain 指南山, where it was built. Commoners usually refer to it as Hsien Kung Temple 仙公廟, literally "Male god temple". The name is given out of respect for the god Lü Tung-pin 呂洞賓. What's special about this temple is its location above Taipei, that offers a beautiful view and the fact, that it's not a single temple, but rather a complex of several shrines, of which the main ones are Linghsiao shrine, Chunyang Shrine and the one I'm about to introduce here: The Tahsiung Shrine. The temple is easily accessible by the Maokong Gondola, it even has its own station.
Chunyang Shrine and Linghsiao Shrine.
The Tahsiung Shrine 大雄寶殿 (literally "Hall of Great Strength") is a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Maitreya Bodhisattva. It's the youngest of all the main shrines of the Chi Nan Temple, it was built in 1973. For some reason, it's not fully completed yet, two towers are waiting for a coat of paint. This is also the largest of all shrines and features a very unique design, it consists of 3 domes and a paifang so wide, it looks more like a building on its own. If you see the whole shrine from afar you might think it's a palace.
Let me share some pictures with you from January 2013:
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