The Most Beautiful Temples in Taipei

Longshan Temple, Taipei City, Taiwan
Longshan Temple, Taipei City, Taiwan | Photo by Ricky LK on Unsplash
Rebecca Adams

Sprawling across Northern Taiwan is the capital city, Taipei. This modern city is famous for its Taipei 101 building, as well as luxury clubs and fine dining establishments. But dotted amongst the city’s towering skyscrapers are a number of beautiful temples that remind visitors of Taiwan’s cultural history. From colorful architecture to elegant simplicity, Taipei’s temples have it all. To discover the must-see religious sites in this booming metropolis, check out our guide to Taipei’s must-see temples.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Mengjia Longshan Temple

Originally built in 1738 by Fujian immigrants, Mengjia Longshan Temple is one of the most renowned cultural attractions in Taipei. The temple has been damaged by fires and earthquakes multiple times over the years, but it has always been faithfully restored. Though the structure was built to specifically worship Guanyin, the goddess of Mercy, statues honoring over 100 other gods and goddesses can be discovered throughout. Built in the style of a palace complex with five different sections, the temple is guarded by mythical creatures including dragons, phoenixes, and heroes from ancient Chinese folklore.

The Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

Datong District is home to Baoan Temple, a recipient of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award. Initially constructed as a rustic structure in the mid-1700s, the temple’s popularity inspired its transformation into the vibrant, stunning building it is today. Stone-carved artwork can be discovered in all of the temple’s rooms, but the oldest carvings are located in the Sanchuan Dian, or front hall, where two centuries-old dragon columns spiral towards the roof. An annual folk arts festival is held at the temple from March to June and features parades, opera performances, and even a free health clinic, a nod to the temple’s main god, Baosheng Dadi, renowned for his medical knowledge.

Qingshan Temple

Situated in Wanhua District, Qingshan Temple is an elegant structure built to honor the god Qingshan Wang. Though not as well-known or as large as the nearby Longshan Temple, the building’s stone carvings and striking ceilings make it worth a trip. The temple is constructed from wood and stone, with intricate artistic detailing on the walls and ceiling. In particular, the colorful mosaic relief in the roof is not to be missed. Toward the end of each year, a two-night festival takes place celebrating Qingshan Wang’s birthday. This vibrant celebration is marked with fireworks, lanterns, and a colorful nighttime parade.

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple, Taiwan

Confucius is renowned as one of China’s most significant teachers and philosophers, and his ideals are famous for having greatly influenced the Chinese civilization. Today, temples devoted to Confucius are scattered across many Asian cities, including Taipei. Unlike other temples in Taipei, the design of the Confucius Temple is more simplistic, without many elaborate adornments on the interior. The temple was originally built in 1879, but was destroyed when Taiwan came under Japanese rule. In 1930, the temple was rebuilt by well-known craftsman Wang Yi-Shun, who also designed Longshan Temple.

Ciyou Temple

Ciyou Temple is dedicated to Mazu, the sea goddess who watches over sailors and fisherman. According to legend, the temple was built by a traveling monk who joined forces with a group of Mazu followers, and together they spent 10 years raising enough money to fund the project. This Taoist temple is ornately designed with much attention to detail, though its elaborate roof is what truly sets it apart. Colorful ceramic dragons rise from the multi-tiered rooftop, giving the structure an impressive façade that is easily recognizable from afar.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article