ciyou temple - songshan district taipei

Just beside the east entrance of the old Raohe night market in Taipei’s Songshan District is the beautiful Ciyou Temple.  This temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to the deity Mazu who is the Goddess of the Sea.  It was built in the 1750’s which make this a very well preserved historical landmark in Taipei city.     

The temple is easily noticeable the moment you reach the eastern entrance of the Raohe night market on Raohe Street.  Marked by the intriguing and elaborate designed roof with intricate ceramic dragons, it is a very great place to admire the detail that went into the design of this temple.  It is a great stop over for a quick look before heading next door to Raohe market.

ciyou temple - songshan district in taipei

Look at the remarkable styled roof on the temple!

ciyou temple in songshan area - inside the temple

Inside the temple, it actually has 6 floors!  Very pretty indeed.

ciyou temple - lights

If you look up inside the temple, you will noticed the intricate wood carvings on the ceiling, coloured with gold paint.

Close up view of the intricate wood carvings on the ceiling.

Stone carvings depicting various deities and fairies in traditional Taoist stories.  Very intricate and life like.

Front entrance to the Ciyou Temple.

ciyou temple roof

Closeup of the ceramic dragons on the roof.

So in a nutshell, this is a great starting point to check out before heading into the Raohe night market in Songshan District.  If you actually calculate it, the Ciyou Temple is over 200 years old, so its pretty cool to see such an old landmark still nicely preserved.

Visitor’s Information to Ciyou Temple:

Address:  No. 761, Sec. 4, Bade Rd., Songshan District, Taipei

Nearest MRT station:  Houshanpi MRT station (but you will need to walk about 15 minutes).  It is just a 5 to 10 minute walk north from Wufenpu Garment District (see location map below)

Opening hours:  Daily, but temple closes around 5:30pm or so…

Admission:  FREE

Location map to Ciyou Temple.
Area highlighted in Green is the Houshanpi MRT station
Area highlighted in Blue is the Wufenpu Garment District
Area highlighted in Red is Ciyou Temple.

 

Have you visited other cool temples before?  Please share your experiences below!

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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2 Responses to Ciyou Temple – Beautiful Temple in Taipei’s Songshan District

  1. Thales says:

    Great review! The newly completed Songshan MRT line will take you directly to the temple, now located at Songshan station!

    • Alec says:

      HI Thales

      Yes I just learned about that on my recent trip to Taiwan…it was a newly built line, so now going to Raohe market area has never been easier!

      Thanks!

      Alec

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