Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Confucian temples

Taiwan's three most prominent Confucian shrines are in Tainan, Taipei and Changhua. I revisited the Taipei temple in February; it has an excellent website. Last week I hit both the Tainan and Changhua Confucius temples. Of the three, Tainan's (pictured right) remains my favourite, simply because the grounds are so atmospheric and the buildings so dignified. Taipei's shrine is fairly modern (early 20th century), and Changhua's (pictured below left) is - to be frank - a little tatty. But in an appealing way...

UPDATE AUGUST 14: A newspaper article I wrote about Changhua's Confucius Temple was published a few days ago.

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