Taipei Confucius Temple

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Taipei Confucius Temple
Taipei Confucius Temple 1.jpg
Basic information
Location Datong, Taipei, Taiwan
Architectural description
Architectural type Temple
Completed 1879 (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 modeled after the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province of China. It is located on Dalong Street, Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. 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." Every year on September 28, a ceremony with traditional music and stylized dancing is held at the temple in honor of Confucius.


The Taipei Confucius Temple was built in 1879 during the Qing era, after Taipeh Prefecture was established in 1875. 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 taken under the administration of the Republic of China.[2]

This was also the location of the first Roadblock found on the nineteenth season of The Amazing Race.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ::: Department of Culture Affairs :::-Datong. Retrieved on 2011-02-25.
  2. ^ The History of the Taipei Confucius Temple, Source:Taipei Confucius Temple Governing Board, 2010-01-09

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Coordinates: 25°4′22.57″N 121°30′59.8″E / 25.0729361°N 121.516611°E / 25.0729361; 121.516611