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Confucius Temple Cultural Park(孔廟文化園區)

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 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:4.0 600 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 7 Terrible
  2. 16 Poor
  3. 154 Average
  4. 263 Very good
  5. 160 Excellent

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  1. 115 Families
  2. 149 Couples
  3. 130 Solo
  4. 8 Business
  5. 118 Friends
  • 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
  • BettyandLingShing

    Malaysia

    A peaceful and beautiful temple

    Traveler rating:3 2019-05

    It is the oldest Confucius temple in Taiwan. Located at the middle of the city, the temple owns a large compound. The surrounding was nicely decorated with small structures and ponds. The temple can be visited together with the old administration buildings of Tainan, the south gate, the art center, and the juridicial museum. We respect Confucius for his teaching. However, the temple itself, well, is nothing special.
  • GlobalGypsy_13

    San Diego, California

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Still Renovating yet Worthy

    Traveler rating:5 2019-06

    Although this oldest temple dedicated to Confucius is still being renovated, you can still see an entry gate, wall decorations (elephant!), and a modern reading sculpture near the onsite bookshop. There are some vending machines next to the bookshop for a cool drink. You can also enjoy the well- maintained gardens and an adjacent chidlren's playground.
  • CJW913

    De Pere, Wisconsin

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Disappointing--Not much to see!

    Traveler rating:2 2019-04

    The oldest temple dedicated to Confucius, it also served as the first premier educational institution in Taiwan. It was built in 1665 by Zheng Jing as a center for the Chinese cultural renaissance. Since then it has been restored 16 times. The temple is set in a garden compound, that is divided by arched gates and corniced walls into a series of courtyards, each with its own halls. Originally, these courtyards served as schools for the branches of classical Chinese studies. Dacheng Hall, the main shrine of the temple, sits in the middle of a granite courtyard. It appeared to be quite simple. But because it is under reconstruction, my spouse and I were unable to enter. Our private guide then took us around to the right side of the building into two small halls( they looked as if they might have been a series of former classrooms) to see some dusty artifacts. I did not find much of interest here. And because of all the commotion from the laborers, and the machinery, we did not feel comfortable walking around. As such, this stop was total bust.

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