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Yonglien Temple 湧蓮寺

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Introduction

Luzhou’s history is connected with Buddhist belief as this district was also called the Monk House in previous years. That is why you can see the spectacular Yonglien Temple, the local religious hub built in 1872, on Desheng Street in the downtown area. The temple was named Yonglien, which means flourishing lotus flowers in Chinese, because it is located at the Lotus Cave of Fengshui. At first, it was a small hut, which was renovated within 10 years of its establishment. The splendid main body of the temple was built in 1961. Every year from September 17th to 19th of the lunar calendar, also the memorial day of Buddha’s renunciation, the temple holds a big festival in celebration. A pilgrimage event known as the Luzhou Religious Festival, also the largest event in the district, is held on September 18th annually with the participation of temples from around Taiwan.

Information

Themes
Northern Taiwan
Subject
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Address
96, Desheng Road, Luzhou Dist., New Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

O Zhonghe-Xinlu Line Sanmin Senior High School

O Zhonghe-Xinlu Line St. Ignatius High School

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  2. 0 Poor
  3. 3 Average
  4. 11 Very good
  5. 14 Excellent

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  1. 4 Families
  2. 5 Couples
  3. 12 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 4 Friends
  • BHUANG69

    New Providence, Nueva Jersey

    Over built

    2019-11

    I grew up in this town before I moved to the US. When I was a kid, the temple was so very simple and small. However, over the years, i saw more and more constructions around the temple and more "Gods" moved into the temples. I still prefer that the temple stay the way it was -- not a lot of money but a good place for people to reflect. The temple has a lot of art works that are nice though.
  • _elaine_jsm_

    Winnipeg, Canadá

    Beautiful & ornate

    2019-07

    I visited the temple in the evening while at the Luzhou night market. It is beautiful and the smell of the incense in the air is something I will always remember.
  • BHUANG69

    New Providence, Nueva Jersey

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    En solitario

    Lots of details, but do temples need to be built like this?

    2018-11

    I grew up in this township and have witnessed this temple starting from a small one, with more of a peasant exterior, expanding to its current scale. Though the nice decorations appeals to the eyes, I would prefer that the money used for the "nice-to-have" decorations and such actually goes to the poor and those in need. I personally do not make monetary contributions here.
  • backpacker31

    Boynton Beach, Florida

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Multi-Level Temple

    2018-01

    Located in the middle of a busy street market, this temple is a bit off the ‘tourist’ route. In fact, unless you are looking to see as many temples as possible in Taipei, you probably won’t come out this way. If, however, you make the effort, you will be rewarded. The temple is quite large considering it sits in the heart of a residential neighborhood - not to mention surrounded by a traditional street market. Yonglian Temple possesses all of the familiar and wonderful aspects of Taiwanese temples - brightly painted interior and exterior, intricate wood carvings, numerous prayer rooms featuring dramatic religious figures, etc. One of the highlights here are the multi-levels. From the top, you can look out onto the chaotic market street scene below as well as peer inside several areas of the temple. To get here, take the MRT to the Sanmin Senior High School stop and follow the signs to the temple - a five minute walk (with lots of places to eat delicious Taiwanese snacks along the way).
  • 216spring

    Udon Thani, Thailand

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    SUPERB TEMPLE WITH LOCAL FLAVOUR MORNING-NIGHT MARKETS

    2017-12

    We stayed near St Ignatius Subway station which is a 10 min walk from this temple. This is not a tourist infested area, come and see the locals, in the morning the streets surrounding. leading to, the temple turned into a wet markets and morning food stalls. Great occasion to discover many local delicacies and see a magnificent temple inside and outside. You ll notice the locals coming to pray at the temple. Here many stalls offer samples so you can taste before buying. In the evening the morning fruits and vegetables give way to the typical night market with a wide array of stalls offering foods, cloths, souvenirs, etc. On the street beside the temple we had excellent curry noodle and spicy noodle bowls, Here the bowls are huge compared to normal Taipei bowls, my friend could not eat all. Extremely friendly people, willing to help.. Thanks.

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