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Confucius Temple Cultural Park(孔廟文化園區)

Traveler rating:4 607 Reviews

Tuesday:08:30 – 17:30

4.4

Updated:2018-12-13

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Introduce

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!

Information

TEL +886-6-2214647

Address West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, 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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TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler rating:4.0 607 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 7 Terrible
  2. 16 Poor
  3. 155 Average
  4. 268 Very good
  5. 161 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 115 Families
  2. 150 Couples
  3. 131 Solo
  4. 8 Business
  5. 121 Friends
  • KrisD_pl

    Warsaw, Poland

    Historical temple

    Traveler rating:4 2018-11

    Confucius Temple in Tainan was completed in 1665 and is considered one of the most important in Taiwan. It was expanded over the years, but also reconstructed, partly destroyed - the current look dates back to 1917. It used to be place of Confucianism study. Temple preserves ancient Confucian ceremonies, which are conducted on a regular basis. The temple also includes storerooms for the ritual implements and musical instruments that are used in these ceremonies.
  • grapecrossing

    Vancouver, Canada

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Great spot for photography

    Traveler rating:5 2019-09

    The temple was not on our itenary so it was closed for the day when we came across it. However, the temple in sunset was a must go if you want artistic photos for your social media accounts !
  • G2Kpauly

    Melbourne, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Worth a look

    Traveler rating:4 2019-08

    This temple is quite beautiful. I just stumbled upon it and enjoyed a look around. Free entry is a bonus for a budget traveller.
  • Cazza L

    Brisbane, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Nice to see but little neglected

    Traveler rating:3 2019-08

    It was nice to see however it is not as well looked after as the Lama Temple which is a shame. Still worth a look at the ancient history here. No need to stay long.
  • J430WNmichellek

    Pacific Pines, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    A short visit

    Traveler rating:3 2019-08

    A place that needs only 15 mins to complete the tour. Nothing interesting that would wow you. Hot weather makes it difficult to stay

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