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Confucius Temple(孔廟)

Updated:2018-11-04

Posted Date:2016-11-02

Popularity:797

Taoyuan Confucius Temple dates back to 1985 when Shi Wan-chuan, Chien Chi-biao and many other prominent locals initiated the construction of the Confucius Temple in promoting Confucianism. The construction was finalized in 1989, marking it as the last government built Confucius Temple in Taiwan. Unlike most Confucius temples that worship memorial tablets, a standing statue of Confucius is seen in Taoyuan Confucius Temple. Confucius is often compared with Socrates as he was an educator, philosopher and politician. His lessons and literal works like Confucian Analects, Four Books and Six Classics and many others have greatly influenced Chinese culture. His philosophy is even highly valued by contemporary western scholars of democracy.
 
A trip to the Confucius Temple tells so much about the intelligence and beauty of Chinese architectures. The main part of the temple, Dacheng Hall, was designed following the example of ancient Chinese palaces. Fine colorings were added to the heavy eaves. Layers of dugong brackets embodied such humble strength. Sculptures of owls 
on the golden red rooftop symbolize Confucius’ belief in education for everyone. Deity of doors are nowhere to be found on the red doors of Confucius Temple for that he once said masters do not talk about spiritual beings. 108 doornails reflect the honor and respect Confucius received. Confucius Temple serves the purpose of both education and the performance of religious ceremonies. Vessels and musical instruments made of ancient methods are used for the annual Memorial Ceremony for Confucius on September 28th. The solemn ceremony is held by the city government as an inheritance of Confucianism. Master of ceremonies takes vessels and musical instruments to perform the dance of Pa Yi, attracting citizens to observe the ritual. 

Information

TEL 03-3325215
FAX 03-3337693
Opening Hours 08:00~17:00
Charge Free

Facilities

  • Introductory Lecture
  • Toilet
  • Parking Lot

Remind

Every year on September 28th, the Taoyuan Confucius Temple holds solemn Memorial Ceremony for Confucius.
Tour reservations need be made one week prior to the visit. Call Taoyuan Confucius Temple Martyrs’ Shrine Office at 03-3325215 for tour guide services.

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