Taoist temple

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Xianguting Temple, a daoguan in Weihai, Shandong, China.

A Taoist temple (Chinese: 觀/观 guan or 道观 daoguan, literally "place where the Tao is observed/cultivated") is a place of worship of Taoism. Structure and function can vary according to the Taoist sect the temple belongs to, for example temples of the Quanzhen branch are monasteries where celibate daoshi live.

The title gong (宫), meaning "palace", is often used for large Taoist temples built with imperial or governmental patronage.

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