Guandu Temple is the oldest Mazu temple in northern Taiwan. Many historic stories were carved into the walls, pillars, and stone lions. A special ceremony of the Guandu Temple is on March 23rd of the lunar calendar every year. The Lantern Festival and Chongyuan Pu Tu. "For hundry ghosts," are both big ceremonies to attract tourists for worship.
- Historic Sites Religious Venues
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No.360, Zhixing Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Services & Facilities
R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Guandu
Great Place - once we found it !As we found out later, if you get off the train from Taipei City & go to the left instead of the right - it can be very hard to find. There was one sign that we followed - & then the signs disappeared & we had no idea which direction to go. Very local area, so nobody had English. Eventually we found an older man who was on his way to pray so we followed him. I'm glad we persevered, it's a very impressive, beautiful temple built into the side of a cliff. Very busy, with lots of different ways to walk & explore. We didn't walk right up to the top as it was very hot & we're getting on a bit, but we walked through the tunnel. That was great, with very interesting pictures all along it. At the end there is a little mini temple with a balcony that looks over the street & towards the hills. Very interesting complex to sit outside and people watch. Lots of turtles in the fountain too.
A Massive TreasureLooks small from the outside, it is a massive complex. A beautiful view from the upper levels of the river side.
Absolute treasureAbsolute treasure--don't miss! Go early, it's a beautiful place with beautiful views of Taipei. Walk around the gardens.
An institutionWorship place of the sea-goddess Mazu. Huge, multistorey temple complex that serves not only as a religious place - some shops, art venue, some food. The origins date back to 17th century. Beatiful decorations on the rooftops - check the photos. the tunnel inside the mountain takes you to another small chapel (of thousand hands Avalokitesvara) and a terrace with a river view. From Taipei, take the red line to Guandu station and change for the bus.
Fantastic temple complex without touristsThe complex is an active temple where most people come here for praying and not taking pictures. It doesn't seem to be a part of tour groups which means very little tourists come here. The complex is huge, don't miss the view and the tunnels. Don't forget to keep the voice low when in the building as there are regular services ongoing. Great for kids as well, pick up a kid passport at the customer service and then collect stamps of gods from different buildings. Open daily from morning to evening, easiest access by taxi. But to find a taxi home might be challenging, if unlucky, walk to the nearby guandu center (about 5min) and plenty of taxi there.
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