Taipei Confucius Temple

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Taipei Confucius Temple
臺北孔子廟
Taipei Confucius Temple 1.jpg
Location
LocationDatong, Taipei, Taiwan
Geographic coordinates25°4′22.57″N 121°30′59.8″E / 25.0729361°N 121.516611°E / 25.0729361; 121.516611Coordinates: 25°4′22.57″N 121°30′59.8″E / 25.0729361°N 121.516611°E / 25.0729361; 121.516611
Architecture
Architectural typeTemple
Architectural styleFujian architecture
Completed1879 (original building)
1930 (current building)

The Taipei Confucius Temple (Chinese: 臺北孔子廟; pinyin: Táiběi Kǒngzǐ Miào; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-pak-khóng-chú-biō) is a Confucian temple in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan.

History[edit]

Qing Dynasty[edit]

The Taipei Confucius Temple was built in 1879 during the Qing era, after Taipeh Prefecture was established in 1875.

Empire of Japan[edit]

During the Japanese era, the temple was demolished, but was rebuilt in 1930 by Wang Yi-Shun [zh].[1] The newly completed temple had only been in use for a few years when World War II broke out. The Japanese ordered an end to traditional Chinese ceremonies, and Japanese Shinto ritual music was played in the temple for a brief period until 1945 when Taiwan was handed over from Japan to the Republic of China.[2]

Republic of China[edit]

After the end of Chinese Civil War in 1949, the temple was temporarily used to house the Examination Yuan until 1951 when the office was moved to Muzha District.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The temple is modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong. Among the Confucius temples in Taiwan, Taipei's is the only one adorned with southern Fujian-style ceramic adornments. At the main hall of the temple one can see a black plaque with gold lettering which was inscribed by Chiang Kai-shek that reads "Educate without Discrimination." The temple features 4D theater which showcases the journey of Confucius and the history of the temple.[4]

Events[edit]

Every year on September 28, a ceremony with traditional music and stylized dancing is held at the temple in honor of Confucius.

Transportation[edit]

The temple is accessible within walking distance West from Yuanshan Station of the Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ::: Department of Culture Affairs :::-Datong. Culture.gov.tw. Retrieved on 2011-02-25.
  2. ^ The History of the Taipei Confucius Temple, Source:Taipei Confucius Temple Governing Board, 2010-01-09
  3. ^ "A Brief History of the Examination Yuan". Examination Yuan of ROC. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Taipei Confucius Temple". RoundTAIWANRound. Retrieved 26 March 2019.

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