Located in the old part of Taipei, the Datong District is the Taipei Confucius Temple. It is modeled after the original Confucius Temple from Shandong Province in mainland China. If you don’t know who Confucius is, he is probably the most influential ancient Chinese philosopher of all time. His teachings of ethics and moral values are so profound and influential that till this day most typical Chinese people still cultivate these values. Strong family values and filial piety are such examples of his teachings that you will definitely see in a typical Chinese family.
The Taipei Confucius Temple is a great place to start when exploring the Datong area. One of the main differences between the Confucius Temple and the rest of the Taoist / Buddhist Chinese Temples you see in Taiwan is that Confucius Temples are more modest in nature and subtle in look. This is because Confucius valued simplicity. Another main difference you will see is that there are no statues of deities and stuff like that in the Confucius Temple. Reason being is that Confucius himself was never a saint, or god, but merely a mortal human being. Instead you will see ancestral tablets bearing his name in the main temple halls.
One of the huge walls you will see surrounding the Confucius Temple compound.
Some monkey statues as you head towards the entrance of the temple.
When we went, the temple was undergoing some renovations works. Here was one of the spooky looking buildings near the temple that were undergoing renovations.
The main hall of the Confucius Temple that houses the ancestral tablets of Confucius.
People in the back practicing some kung fu.
Confucius Temple grounds. Notice how it is very subtle looking. There are no extraordinary dragons and ornaments decorating the temple.
The main hall.
A show was put on to demonstrate how it was during the Confucian times.
The ceremony about to end.
Visitor’s Information to Taipei Confucius Temple:
Nearest MRT station: Yuanshan MRT station, take exit 2 and walk about 10 mins along Kulun Street.
Address: No.275, Dalong St., Datong Dist., Taipei City
Taipei Confucius Temple location map (area highlighted red).
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