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Longshan Temple & The Bopiliao Historical Street

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Taiwan is a country not only blessed with its natural wonders but also its beautiful temples built with skilful architecture design as well as very well preserved precious historic buildings. Longshan Temple is one of the classic example of how Taiwanese temple can be so admirable with its great temple structure design reflecting the high skills of those who design and built it. Getting to Longshan Temple as in any other tourist hotspots in Taipei is never easier than the Taipei Metro alighting at the Longshan Temple Metro Station, which also incorporate an underground shopping bazaar. The Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by the Fujian immigrants from China's Fujian province based on the design and architecture of the original Longshan Temple in Fujian province, China. Time spent to complete the Longshan Temple took 3 years and due to natural and man-made disasters, the temple had been renovated several times as a result of destructions caused by such disasters. There were 2 tiers of entrance to the Longshan Temple with the each of the roof of the entrance gates decorated with dragon structures. Longshan Temple has 3 halls. The first hall was the fore hall which was an open space for worshippers to offer prayers to the Goddess of Kuan Yin. In the main hall, the statue of Goddess of Kuan Yin in gold was located in the middle with 2 other bodhisattvas statues of Manjusri on the left and Samantabhadra on the right of the hall. The rear hall has 3 parts with the middle hall dedicated to Goddess of Marine Voyage, the left to God of Literature and the right to Lord Kuan, the God of War. Entering from the second tiers of Longshan Temple, the wall near the second tier entrance has granite slabs attached to the wall which was imported from China and has chinese characters carvings on it. The east and west (left and right) of Longshan Temple were structures where drums and bells were kept with each of the side also has a 2 levels tower with the roof of these tower in hexagonal shape. Longshan Temple was damaged by a bomb incident in June 1945 with the main hall and the right annex being affected during the incident but the Kuan Yin statue was amazingly spared from being destructed.

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Exit information at the Metro Taipei Longshan Temple Station

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This way to Longshan Temple at the Longshan Temple Underground Bazaar

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The Longshan Temple Underground Bazaar

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The 1st of the 2 tiers of the entrance to Longshan Temple

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The 2nd tier of entrance to Longshan Temple

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The main hall of Longshan Temple

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The fore hall of Longshan Temple

THE REAR HALL OF LONG SHAN TEMPLE DIVIDED INTO CENTRE, LEFT AND RIGHT
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The Goddess of Kuan Yin in the centre of Longshan Temple main hall

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The statue of Manjusri on the left of Longshan Temple main hall

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The statue of Samantabhadra on the right of Longshan Temple main hall

The east and west side of Longshan Temple
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The granite slabs with chinese characters near the entrance of the 2nd tier of Longshan Temple

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Souvenirs available at Longshan Temple

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The 2nd tiers of Longshan Temple

The Bopiliao Historic Street was just adjacent to the Longshan Temple and this interesting old street was lined with rows of colonial style shop houses with very steep presence of the Japanese architecture. Its worth to take a stroll along the area to admire these stunning red-brick built buildings surrounded the streets which also brought visitors back down memory lane. Bopiliao, during the Qing Dynasty era was a main shipping and export centre due to its strategic location on the Dansui RIver and due to this, the area was booming with shops to cater to the needs of the trading and commercial activities during that time. During the Japanese occupation, additional buildings were being built and that was how such influence of the building design came from. Most of the trading communities of the past had left Bopiliao and the Taiwan government has initiated restoration of the buildings to preserved its historic value.

THE BOPILIAO HISTORIC STREETS

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Posted by kidd27 08:54 Archived in Taiwan

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