Following Japan's defeat in the war and the ending of Taiwan-Japan diplomatic relations, many Shinto shrines were faced with the fate of demolition and renovation as their number of worshipers dwindled. Taoyuan Shinto Shrine was renamed Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine in 1950. Due to its Tang dynasty style architecture and the building material of high quality cypress, it was carefully preserved because of its cultural value, history, and art. It is currently the only Shinto shrine in Taiwan and outside of Japan which has been perfectly preserved.
Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine has a complete range of buildings. The main clusters are the "main hall" where the spirit tablets are placed, the "worship hall" where worshipers come pay their respects, the "administration office" where the priest or management personnel complete their daily tasks, the "water room" for worshipers to wash their hands and gargle before they enter for worship. There is also the Torii Gate, Buddhist lantern, Komainu (guardian lions), brass horse sculpture, and the shrine Sandao (path). The materials used were cypress and fir, with their fine texture combined within a wooden framework which has been perfectly preserved. The beams were secured through grafting joints all painstakingly done manually by hand. Through all of which one can clearly see the detailed labor of the craftsmen and experience even more deeply the stately and solemn beauty of the Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine.
Follow the terrain and take the steps next the Chenggong Road, you will see the straight Sandao (path) in front of the Shrine. The inner gate and the worship hall are connected by the Sandao which is connected all the way to Taoyuan Train Station. Old pine and evergreen trees are planted around the shrine, giving it an air of serenity. The atmosphere is one of verdant green with the beauty of the ancient times. In early spring when cherry blossoms bloom, the delicate pink petals bring a gentleness to its austere surroundings. In autumn, red maple leaves dot the front yard of the shrine and the parking area. Different seasons bring totally different sceneries. Pause for a brief moment on the steps in front of the worship hall and enjoy the view of the entire shrine from this vantage point. Experience the quiet surroundings closed off in greenery; it is a favorite destination for visitors to take photos and connect with nature.
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Martyrs' Shrine an archtectural gemThis Shrine is situated just out of Taoyuan City. It is a fine piece of architecture, which has remained almost undisturbed since the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945). The Shrine lack the noise and smoke of traditional Taiwanese temples, stressing reflection and harmony. The fengshui is auspicious, as it is in a mountainous region overlooking Taoyuan city.
Best Japanese style shrine outside JapanIt is possibly the best preserved Japanese style shrine outside Japan, structure and design , garden all faithfully preserved to original condition, and recent repair and refurbishment as well as major restoration work to original condition , thanks to hard work by the Taoyuan city council has help make it even closer to original. It is still more or less looking like it was just completed during Japanese era. vegetation and garden faithfully and beautifully restored to the original condition , repaint in original colour followed closely to original . Of course this shrine has dark history during Chinese nationalist era, added some Chinese element to it, but this somehow helped kept this shrine very close to original condition without been torn down and demolished like other Japanese shrines in Taiwan and the rest of Asia, and becoming the only well preserved Japanese shrine outside Japan. Helped by hard working volunteers provide free guided commentary (believe offer in many languages too) and history insight at the shrine, well worth a visit
sightseeing the TownWe took a free sightseeing tour around the city. this was the first place we went to. The shrine was very interesting with fine detail on all the carving an art work. very awe-inspiring.
Quite surprisingI went here just to have a look and I was quite surprised. I thought it was like a normal temple but I really liked the architecture and the atmosphere in that place.
Interesting experienceThis is the largest Shinto shrine from the Japanese occupation of Taiwan and has been converted to honor the martyrs who died for their country. It is set in a serene copse of trees with cherry blossom trees in the inner courtyard. You can see everything in about 10 minutes but then you can take a short walk to explore more temples in the Hutoushan park.
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