Confucius Temple, Dalongdong Baoan Temple and Dalong Night Market
07.12.2014 - 07.12.2014 21 °C
Confucius Temple was quite an interesting temple in Taipei. Situated in a quiet corner of Dalong Street in Datong district, the temple is easily accessible by the Metro Taipei Yuanshan Station. Confucius Temple was different and unique from other temples in Taipei because the temple occupies a considerable large area which indeed made it looked like a "little" religious institution of the past in a modern world, not exactly any normal temples in other places. Taipei's Confucius Temple reminded me of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam, which has many similarities in terms of the layout, design and architecture. A brief background about Confucius where he was born on 28 September 551 BC and died on 11 April 479 BC. Confucius was an important philosopher and educator who has created a strong influence in leaders to embrace good governance. His innovation on The Analects has a great impact on Chinese society in terms of morality and ethics until today. Examples of Confucius philosophies include to ensure full responsibility on tasks delegated and to respect the elders.
Exit information at Metro Taipei Yuanshan Station
To Confucius Temple from Metro Taipei Yuanshan Station
The Hong Gate. In ancient days, Hong Gate also known as xuexiao or the school and served as front entrance to temples dedicated to Confucius. There were 3 other similar gates parallel to Hong Gate, known as Pan Gong, Li Gate and Yi Lu. Pan Gong served the same purpose as Hong Gate.
Minglun Hall, which served as classrooms for young Confucian scholars during Qing Dynasty and today, the Taipei Confucius Temple served as reading classes, seminars and calligraphy courses
The side of Minglun Hall
Lingxing Gate. Lingxing is the heavenly star of academic success with dominion over education and literature. It symbolised Confucius education of great men. The 108 doornails on the gate imitate ancient specifications - both paying respect to the Great Sage and evoking the 108 stars of ancient Chinese astrology
The Pan Bridge and Pan Pond. Schools were known as pan-gong in ancient China with their landscape ponds called "pan" pond. Ponds placed near buildings were available to provide water to fight fires, moderate the surrounding air and according to fengshui belief, blessed those on its preiphery with wealth. Spanning Pan Pond, Pan Bridge features calligraphy brush shaped posts that symbolised scholarly accomplishment-an integration of aesthetics and meaning. The bridge also known as Zhuangyuan Bridge as it is said that the highest scoring candidate in the national government examinations should pay respect to Confucius by crossing the Pan Bridge and walk through Lixing and Yi Gates to reach Dacheng Hall.
The Yi Gate. Yi Gate protects the main entrance to Dacheng Hall. Its five doors are only fully opened during the Confucius Ceremony. The intricately carved wood screen windows along north side of the centre doors feature eight hornless dragons arrayed around an incense burner. The dragon is a symbol of good fortune.
The exterior of Yi Gate
The East & West Side Buildings. The East & West Side Buildings honour Confucius most outstanding disciples and 154 leading scholars in history.
The Chongsheng Shrine. It was located at the rear of the of Confucius Temple complex, in remembrance of Confucius ancestors along with his brother and teachers who predate the Great Sage. The shrine highlights the importance of familial order in Chinese society.
Dacheng Hall. The main hall of Confucius Temple dedicated to Confucius through memorial tablets in remembrance of the Four Correlates and 12 Disciples, where the tablets were placed on the left and right side. In front of the main hall was the sacred terrace used for purpose of Yi dances performance during the Confucius Ceremony. The Dacheng Hall also symbolised awe and reverence.
The interior of Dacheng Hall
The Dacheng Hall
Dalongdong Baoan Temple was located adjacent to the Confucius Temple and easily reached through a brief walk from Confucius Temple. The Dalongdong Baoan Temple was completed in 1830. The temple has close link to the shaping of Dalongdong community, where it was said that the construction materials from the development of Baoan Temple were purchased by the rich individuals and they used the materials to built row of shops. These shops also served as a defence for the Dalongdong community from any possible threats or dangers.
The main entrance arch of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The external of front hall of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The internal of the front hall of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The main hall of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
A close view of main hall of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The interior of the main hall of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
The East and West Wings of Dalongdong Baoan Temple
After visits to Confucius Temple and Dalong Baoan Temple, have a simple duck noodle meal at the Dalong Night Market which was very close to the 2 temples
Dalong Night Market
A bowl of hot duck noodle at Dalong Night Market