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Taipei, Taiwan is full of temples and plenty of other popular cultural and historical landmarks. During my 4-day stint in Taipei, I just so happened to stumble upon Ciyou Temple, which was located in the Songshan District.
I’d learn that Ciyou Temple was built in 1753. The Taoist temple was used for worshipping Mazu, Goddess of the Sea.
It was free of charge to explore the temple’s premises, so I could not help but walk in. Ciyou Temple was highly decorative. On the outside, the temple was riddled with beautiful Chinese lanterns along with colorful and intricate carvings of Buddha, Chinese dragons, and other mystical creatures.
Inside, the temple housed an endless variety of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and animal statues. I also found a number of individuals honoring, praying, worshipping, and devoting attention to deities throughout the area.
Furthermore, I also learned that Ciyou Temple was a popular gathering place for locals to celebrate Chinese New Year, as well a widely visited attraction for tourists in Taipei. There were also plenty of shops in the immediate area of the temple at Raohe Street Night Market.
Directions to Ciyou Temple in Taipei: Hop on an MRT Subway Line to Yongchun Station. Walk North for about 15min.
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