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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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  5. 158 Excellent

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  1. 115 Families
  2. 145 Couples
  3. 129 Solo
  4. 8 Business
  5. 117 Friends
  • CJW913

    De Pere, Wisconsin

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    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.
  • limww

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Significant Local Temple

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    It was a nice afternoon visit for us. There were places to sit around and the landscaping was nice. The main temple building was under renovation and entry was restricted so we didn't manage to enter. There is a small public park adjacent to the temple ground where it could be accessed through the temple's back gate.
  • Anonymous855

    Trabuco Canyon, California

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    It is closed for 2 years for reconstruction

    Traveler rating:1 2019-04

    We walked a long way here to see this important place and it was closed. Tried to walk around the gardens but heavy machinery made that difficult. Skip this until 2020 when it is estimated they will be done.
  • 430bertv

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    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

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    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.

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