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Confucius Temple Cultural Park(孔廟文化園區)




The “Premier Academy of Taiwan” (全台首學) has more than three hundred years of history as a Confucian temple, and it would be safe to say that this place is the heart of Tainan as an ancient capital of culture. The seemingly impenetrable red wall which stretches along Nanmen Road (南門路) is of sacred appearance in the sunlight, and embodies the unique charm of the ancient city of Tainan, which has this historical Confucian temple sitting at its heart. Linking together old blocks and historic sites such as the Great South Gate (大南門), Fuzhong Street (府中街) and the Koxinga Shrine (延平郡王祠,) the streets and alleys around it have an ancient air. Every year on September 28th by 5am, before the break of dawn, the main hall will long have become full of people attending the ceremony to commemorate the birthday of the Great Sage Confucius, the temple’s grandest event of the year. When visiting the Confucian Temple, do not forget to ask the great teacher himself for some words of wisdom! Every year once the ceremony is complete, throngs of people will head to the main hall to pull a “wisdom hair” from a cow; and it is said that this hair helps to bring wisdom during the following year. When considering pulling a wisdom hair, please remember to bring your own transparent plastic bag or red envelope within which to place the hair, and upon returning home make sure to dry the hair in the sun, or the moisture within the hair will damage it over time. Following the event, the Confucius Temple Management Committee will provide 500 strands of hair for sale by peddlers; if you miss out even on this chance to get a strand, you have to wait until next year to queue up and have another go!


TEL +886-6-2214647

Address , West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwan, R.O.C

Category Religious Temples、Culture

Opening Hours Monday to Sunday 8:30~17:30 (Closed on New Year’s Eve)


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Traveler rating:4.0 581 Reviews Write a Review

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  2. 14 Poor
  3. 149 Average
  4. 258 Very good
  5. 157 Excellent

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  1. 114 Families
  2. 142 Couples
  3. 128 Solo
  4. 8 Business
  5. 114 Friends
  • 430bertv

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    Worth a look

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    Although it was under reconstruction, it was a nice temple to see. It is also the oldest Confucius temple on the island.
  • Bowi72

    Kriftel, Germany

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    Beautiful temple, detailed roof statues

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    Probably the nicest thing about this temple is that it is used: you see people coming in and going out and having their little worship of the day. The temple is not very large but it is set in quiet surroundings, an Oasis from the busy streets outside. There is an overall friendly atmosphere, the locals let you do as you wish, taking pictures is not a problem and there was no entrance fee to be paid.
  • 33anujg

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    Weird plave

    Traveler rating:2 2019-03

    Didn’t understand what was here to see. They had a large garden and a running track. The main building was shut for renovations. Not sure what is usually there. One section where you can light incense sticks was open. Can avoid.
  • Noriko717

    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

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    The first Confucius Temple in Taiwan

    Traveler rating:4 2019-03

    Unfortunately the temple was under construction due to the earthquake they had couple of years ago. The two gates in the front garden are probably the only places that are worth taking photos at this point. This temple is in the old district of Tainan and it it worth walking around.
  • jamesc898989

    Burnaby, Canada

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    Solo travel

    Pooular temple

    Traveler rating:5 2019-01

    Popular spot, now requires an entry fee but only $25-50. Historical site worshipping one of the greatest scholars in history.

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