Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

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Coordinates: 22°35′42.2″N 120°36′40.5″E / 22.595056°N 120.611250°E / 22.595056; 120.611250

Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church of Wanchin (Taiwan).jpg
Basic information
Location Wanluan, Pingtung County, Taiwan
Affiliation Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Administration Diocese of Kaohsiung
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Completed May 1863 (original building)
1870 (current building)

The Wanchin Church, officially Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Chinese: 萬金聖母聖殿; pinyin: Wànjīn Shèngmǔ Shèngdiàn), is a Basilica church in Wanjin Village, Wanluan Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan.[1] It's also the first basilica church in Taiwan.


The Parish in Wanchin is established by Dominican Order. The church was originally constructed as a simple mud church in May 1863. On 13 October 1865, the church was heavily destroyed by an earthquake. It was then rebuilt with a bigger size and completed on 8 December 1870 when it was inaugurated.

On 9 December 1984, the church was conferred the title of basilica by Pope John Paul II, making it the first church in Taiwan to receive such title. In 1991, the Immaculate Conception Dominican Residence was built on the church ground. In 1994, an activity center was also build within the church area.[2]

On 3 August 2016, the church was vandalized when a mentally ill man set a fire to a wooden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary inside the building.[3]


The current building of the church was built with Spanish fortress architecture.[4]

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