Taiwan: Temples of Taichung (2009-2018)

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This page only contains photos of temples in Taichung. For other photos of Taichung, click here.


Wanhe Matsu Temple (2017):

This temple located in the Nantun district was completed in 1726, forty-two years after most of western Taiwan had been conquered by the Qing Dynasty. It may well be the oldest surviving temple in Taichung.


Facade of the temple.


Zoom on two decorations (Coching ceramics) on the facade.


Roof detail.



Inside the temple.




Statues of guardians.






Wood carvings and paintings.



Zhang (Chang) Family Temple (December 2018):

Located in the Xitun district, this temple was built in 1905 (during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan) by descendants of the Matang Zhang family to worship their ancestors. This family had its roots in the Shibi village of the Fujian province (China), so the architectural style of the temple is typical Fujianese, with beautiful swallow-tail roofs, many small statues, and Cochin ceramic decorations. Today the temple is in a fast-growing area of Taichung, but in 1905 it was surrounded by rice paddies.


Views of the half-moon pool in the garden preceding the entry into the temple.


Entrance porch and gate of the temple building.


Various views of the building and its swallow-tail roofs, with ceramic decorations and small statues all around.




The roof covering the entrance porch seen from the courtyard inside the temple.


The ancestor hall (main worship hall) located on the side of the courtyard opposite to the entrance door.


Left and center-left: Decorative panels on the two side-walls of the entrance porch. Center-right and right: Guardians of the temple painted on the backsides of the double entrance door.


Some of the roof statues.


Ceramic decorations, some of which may represent scenes from the Zhang family life.



Zhang-Liao (Chang-Liao) Family Temple (December 2018):

Located in the Xitun district, this temple was built from 1908 to 1911 by the Zhang-Liao clan that originally came from Zhangzhou, in the Fujian province of China.


The facade of the temple, seen from behind the half-moon pool (with ugly buildings in the back, unfortunately).


A closer view of the facade...


...its roof...


...and the decorative panels on the two side-walls of the entrance porch (left and right).


Inner courtyard, with the ancestor hall in the back.



Ancestor hall.


Left: Moon window in the courtyard. Right: Corridor across the temple.


Various decorations, including painted wood carvings and clay sculptures.






Entan Matsu Temple (December 2018):

This temple located in the West district is relatively small and neither old, nor of historical importance. Nevertheless, it is gorgeous.


Sumptuous decoration at the entrance of the temple.



Inside the temple.










Paochueh (Bao Jue) Buddhist Temple (2009):

Located in the North district, this temple is best known for its 30m-high statue of the Laughing Buddha.


Nantian Taoist Temple (October 2018):

This temple located in the East district is primarily dedicated to Emperor Guandi (also known as Guanyu), the ″Martial God of Wealth″, whose massive statue stands on top of the temple′s roof. But other deities, including Confucius, are also venerated in this temple. Although it is difficult for me to make sense of all these deities, I always find such temples amazing places to visit. In many ways this temple is particularly stunning.









Leh Cherng (Lecheng) Matsu Temple (October 2018):

This temple located in the East district was erected in 1791 and restored in 1928 and 1963.



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