211, Kuang Chou Street
108 Taipei, Taiwan
Wanhua District (Wan-hua)
The Longshan temple, built during the Qing dynasty, has undergone several renovations in the aftermath of earthquakes and other natural disasters. While historic, the temple is anything but dead. On any given day you'll see plenty of Buddhist devotees singing, praying and making offerings to the various statues and shrines spread throughout the temple grounds.
The temple, guarded by several sets of dragon statues, contains detailed and delicate wooden sculptures, banisters and door frames. Once you've taken in the architecture, check out the Buddhist and traditional Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple grounds.
If you're lucky enough to be in the city for Chinese New Year, you may be able to catch a dragon dance performance at the temple.
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