This temple was originally built in 1738 in order to worship Kuanyin, the goddess of mercy. For more than two centuries, it ... More
This temple was originally built in 1738 in order to worship Kuanyin, the goddess of mercy. For more than two centuries, it survived earthquakes and war. Now it is one of the most popular temples in Taipei, and it is always packed with people from all around the island. Smoke fills the chambers as worshipers burn incense for the goddess. The Ching-dynasty style buildings are decorated with huge, complex sculptures and colorful paintings. The Longshan Temple is visited for its architectural merits and also as a house of worship.
well the place is fun and you get a free inscent, but it is pretty small and somewhat crowded sometimes, also when you go you should go to snake alley (which is really close- night market) and take a picture with a boa constrictor, look at snakes, or look at snake preservatives
i thought this temple was absolutely beautiful. watching the faithful bowing and praying clutching the sticks of incense was a worthy sight. definitely photo opportunities. the essence of Chinese Buddhist belief fills the area.
This was my favorite temple that I visited in Taipei. They hand you incense at the door to burn. I am not buddhist (or asian) and I felt very welcome. Hearing the monks chant was a surreal experience. Definitely worth checking out. Also a short walk from Snake Alley, and Herb Lane
We went during evening services, and it was like something out of a movie, crowds of people chanting and bowing in a smokey temple. Since we didn't understand what was going on, we just watched, but no one made us feel self-conscious or proselytized to us, it was very comfortable.
As I understand it, it's kind of a non-denominational temple, so it's less about preaching a particular doctrine than about giving people a place to gather and express their faith. I think that's really cool, and some religions could use some lessons in that sort of mellow tolerance.
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