Nankunshen Daitian Temple(南鯤鯓代天府)
Beautiful TempleThe back wall of the main hall under the caisson ceiling is characterized by a coin motif and popularly called the Wall of Golden Coins.
Most important Dao temple in TaiwanThe temple complex is big and beautiful. Incorporates other gods of China (Daoism is a vey eclectic religion). Take into account 1 hour visit. Well worth. I had problems finding the place with Waze. Used Google Maps (no offline map for Taiwan in Android and in IOS)
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Amazing Temple!This is an amazing temple about an hour by taxi from Tainan Train Station. The cost of the taxi was about a thousand TWD and when I got there I noticed that the temple was busy but there not any taxis. So I hired the taxi for the day for 4,000 TWD Afterwords we worked our way back to Tainan, stopping at small temples along the way and getting lunch, finishing up at Luermenma Temple. Anyway, Nankunshen is a very large temple complex that features several different decorative styles with some extensive ornamentation. I visited many temples in Taiwan and this one was unique in its design and art. Note that at the entrance there are restrooms, vending machines for beverages, and a small ice cream shop but no ticket office as it is free to enter. On the left as you enter is a separate museum that charges a few dollars. It grants you admission to some separate grounds and buildings with small museums of butterflies and shells. Overall I spent three hours here and found this to be quite interesting. I really enjoyed Tainan and would recommend visiting this city. And if you make it here, you should see Nankunshen!
Peaceful & beautifulThis temple is awe-inspiring. The grounds are quite large and you could easily spend 2 hours touring them. The temples are central. To the left and right there are beautiful gardens to explore with many more statues and idols. I went in January when it was quiet - don't go in February (new year) if you are a tourist as you will likely disrupt prayers and it gets quite crowded. There are English information brochures if you go to one of the desks to the right of the temple.
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