I thought I’d linger a little bit longer in memories of Taipei, so here are my photos from a wander into Lungshan Temple. I am not an expert on this temple, so I don’t want to try to tell you all about it and risk being wrong. I just know that on a work trip for a press stop in Taipei, on the day we arrived and were meant to be sleeping off our jet lag, we went out in search of markets, and dumplings, opportunities to take impressive selfies, and/or the opportunity to have novel experiences with public bathroom facilities, depending on which member of our party you asked. (The bathroom thing, if there was any doubt, was my ambition.)
I knew nothing about the temple then, or even that it was there, but we came upon it, and upon determining that all seemed to be welcome, we went in. After observing long enough to determine that taking photographs was a thing that was done, I did that thing. These are those photos.
I know now that the temple is called Lungshan (which is the primary name I’m using because it was on the English language sign on site) or Mengjia Longshan Temple or Banka Longshan or Lungshan of Manka, or 艋舺龍山寺 . A sign in English that I photographed said:
A Grade Two Historic Site
Lungshan Temple was built in 178 by Fujianese immigrants as a branch of the original Lungshan Temple in Fujian Province. It took three years to complete. Due to natural and man-made disasters, the temple has been repaired and renovated on numerous occasions. It faces south, with halls to the front and back and a central hall surrounded by protective dragons. The two bronze dragon pillars in the front hall, the four dragon pillars in the central hall, and the wooden carvings are all exquisitely crafted. The plafond and shrine in the front hall are particularly outstanding. The temple columns, inscriptions, and plaques are also worth a look.
1 October 2004
These photos are from early in 2016. There were many temporary decorations featuring monkey, likely to usher in the Year of the Monkey, and some with horses.