Longshan Temple, Taipei

22 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Longshan Temple
    by shavy
  • Longshan Temple
    Longshan Temple
    by shavy
  • Longshan Temple
    Longshan Temple
    by shavy
  • cal6060's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 13, 2014

    Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by Fujianese immigrants as a branch of the original Longshan Temple in Fujian Province.

    The temple faces south, with a hall to the front and back and a central hall surrounded by protective dragons. There are two bronze dragon pillars in the front hall and four dragon pillars of the central hall. The plafond and shrine in the front hall are particularly outstanding. The temple columns, inscriptions and plaques are also worth a look.

    This temple is dedicated to the Guanshiyin Buddha. We were lucky during our visit as it was a special day for the devotees to worship to the Buddha with a big ceremony with uniforms, customs, and chanting.

    Opening Hours: 7:00 - 22:00

    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Oct 9, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This temple dating back to 1738 is one of the most ornate and the most used temples in the city. I highly recommend a trip to here at sunrise to here to see and here the mronign service with its unworldly chanting. It's a must see in Taipei.

    Longshan Temple Longshan Temple Longshan Temple Longshan Temple Longshan Temple
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • shavy's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by shavy Written Aug 29, 2013

    This temple dates back to 1738 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. Religious life in Taiwan is alive and kicking seven days a week at Longshan Temple. Though not the biggest temple in the city, there is something unique and beautiful about the vibe at Longshan that keeps people coming back. Once you enter the main building, expect a riot of scarlet and gold in the form of enormous bronze incense burners and carved-stone columns

    The best times to visit are around 6am, 8am and 5pm, when crowds of worshippers gather and engage in hypnotic chanting

    Longshan Temple Longshan Temple

    Was this review helpful?

  • xaver's Profile Photo

    A very busy temple in the middle of the city

    by xaver Written Oct 10, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The first thing that hit my attention in this temple was actually the crowd of young people praying there. It was an unusual view for me as I am used to see mainly old people praying in churches, but also in other temples of other religions I visited I never noticed so many young people.
    This temple is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits.
    As soon as you enter there is a huge table where people put food and wait it to be blessed before getting it back and I guess eating it.

    temple temple food
    Related to:
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • aukahkay's Profile Photo

    Lungshan Temple

    by aukahkay Written Dec 14, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lungshan Temple was founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan In). The Lungshan Temple of today is no longer in the original buildings constructed in 1738 but was rebuilt in 1919 and completed in 1924. Lungshan Temple always keeps its nature as a Buddhist temple but in the course of its development many deities of Taoism were also included, showing a tolerant mentality of the Chinese people in their religious life.

    The present Lungshan Temple consists of three halls: fore hall, main hall and rear hall. The fore hall is used as the entrance and the space for people to worship. The main hall is in the center of the whole complex with a statue of Kuan In as the main god of the temple. To the left and right are two other gods.

    Lungshan Temple, as the most established Buddhist temple in Taipei, has become the center of the Taiwanese people's religious life and a heritage of local culture. Devotees come to the temple to pray for good health, good fortune, peace and happiness everyday.

    Lungshan Temple fore hall Lungshan Temple entrance Lungshan Temple fore hall Devotees praying at Lungshan Temple
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mr.Sparkle's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by Mr.Sparkle Written Apr 14, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Longshan Temple (built in 1738) and is for the worship of the goddess of Mercy and Matsu, the goddess of the sea. Quite an impressive temple, with beautifully carved beams, multi colored sculptures, and a decent waterfall.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Lungshan Temple at night

    by cohdane Written Apr 10, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I visited Lungshan Temple on a rainy night after a trip to the nearby Huahsi night market. Smoke rising from huge golden incense pots. People in very ordinary Western dress were all around in various poses of worship: kneeling, bowing, clasping hands together and holding smoldering incense sticks which they tossed into the censers. The pillars and walls are fantastically ornate, in lacquered wood and gilt. Dozens of niches were crammed with golden figures of holy men and weird creatures, with offerings of food and flowers. Even the piped music was strangely effective.
    There is nothing to do except stroll around and take it all in, but what an experience.

    Lungshan temple Lungshan temple Lungshan temple shrine

    Was this review helpful?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by chewy3326 Written Aug 14, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Longshan Temple (Long Shan Si) (龍山寺) (Dragon Mountain Temple) is Taipei's most famous as well as one of it's most historical temples. In terms of size, it is not very large; but it is always very bustling, with worshippers and tourists always passing through. The temple was first built in the 1730's and was destructed numerous times by earthquakes, fires, and bombings; the current temple was built after 1945. The architecture of the temple is noteworthy; notice the patterns painted on walls, the carvings on the columns, and the scuplted Dragons on the roof.

    Although the word 'Si' usually stands for a Buddhist Temple, many deities are worshipped here. In the main hall of the temple you can see Guanyin Buddha, one of the Amitofo's disciples. In the back hall, there are some Daoist deities, including Tianshangshenmou, better known as Ma-tsu (Matzu), the Goddess of the Sea. There also a small spot for Guangong, the famous Three-Kingdoms Era Warrior (equivalent to a sort of Chinese God of War). Expect the temple always to be crowded.

    Longshan Temple Longshan Temple
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • budapest8's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple and inside

    by budapest8 Updated May 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    There are great decorative lamp fairs and temple
    activities on historical festivals.
    On each 1st and 15th day each month of lunar year,
    regular visitors will come to the temple for worship ceremony.
    The temple attracts many people. At normal times,
    there are domestic/foreign tourists visiting the temple.
    Lungshan Temple is not only a temple, a sightseeing attraction,
    but also a second-degree historical site.
    There are traditional streets/shops, antique shops,
    Buddhists article shops, and Chinese medicine shops
    surrounding the temple. These places are great to visit
    due to their richness in folk art.

    OPEN HOURS
    09:00~17:00


    The temple was filled with people praying for the dead.
    I was very hesitant to take photos
    because I didn't want to offend anyone.

    Many people were praying to the dead inside
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • budapest8's Profile Photo

    Longshan Temple

    by budapest8 Written May 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Lungshan Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan.
    It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits.
    Lungshan Temple is facing the South. Its architecture
    is a three-section design in shape. There are the front hall,
    the rear hall and the right/left dragons protecting the middle hall.
    The layout is square and serene. The temple was built in
    Chianlung 5th year in Ching Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and
    damages caused by men, the temple was restored for several times.
    The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated.
    There are a pair of bronze dragon poles in the front hall,
    four pairs of dragon poles in the middle hall. The sculptures are delicate.
    There are also exquisite wood sculptures. Among them, the well and Budda
    setting in the main hall are highly appreciated. The temple has many
    Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature
    in addition to the religious and sightseeing value.
    It was packed with people who came to pray and burn incense.

    Longshan Temple

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrotter06's Profile Photo

    Lungshan Tempel

    by globetrotter06 Written Mar 28, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Lungshan Tempel is Taipei's oldest and most popular tempel. The constructions began in 1738 and was completed two years later. The tempel was quite crowded when we were there; both worshippers and tourists.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • xiquinho's Profile Photo

    Lungshan Temple

    by xiquinho Written Oct 5, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lungshan Temple was first built in 1653 (the 10th year of Emperor Shunzhi's reign of the Qing Dynasty) by Zhao Shan the Master Monk by moving an Avalokitesvara bronze statue of the Tang Dynasty to Lugang from Longshan Temple in the Quan Prefecture, thus beginning the construction of the temple. It was subsequently repaired, maintained and rebuilt many times. The layout and the structural pattern of the whole temple is the image of Wenling Longshan Temple. It is said the skilful craftsmen were invited from Fujian, Guangdong and other provinces to design and construct the temple. There are 99 doors altogether. The temple is very magnificent. The stone drums, stone columns, stone doors, stone walls and stone balustrades are all simple and unsophisticated. Especially the dragon columns are delicately carved, lining up in three rows one after another in different style but exquisitely worked out with the conspicuous relief beards and brows in vivid posture, They form an art treasure of stone carving in Taiwan winning the good reputation of "Taiwan Art Hall". In the hall proper, Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva are enshrined; around them are 18 arhats, each of which is lifelike. At the right wall corner, there is a big bell, standing two meters high with a diameter of 1.2 meters, which weighs about five hundred kilograms. It is the biggest bronze bell ever seen in Taiwan temples at present. According to records, this big Bell was cast by several craftsmen from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province in 1859 (the 9th year of Emperor Xianfeng's reign of the Wing Dynasty) ringing loud and clear which can be heard far away. It is known as "Dragon Hill Morning Bell".

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • ngcsc's Profile Photo

    The Oldest Temple in Taipei City

    by ngcsc Written May 11, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Long Shan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Taipei city.

    If you love Chinese architecture, Long Shan Temple is one of the finest temple architecture in Taiwan too.

    As it is located at the heart of Taipei City, it has long served Taipei citizen as the most popular worship place.

    LongShan

    Was this review helpful?

  • cheekychic's Profile Photo

    LungShan Temple

    by cheekychic Written Feb 9, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lungshan Temple is a famous old temple in Taipei, not only a famous attraction, it is also an historical temple built in Chianlung 5th year in Ching Dynasty. The temple is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits. Its architecture is a three-section design in shape. There are the front hall, the rear hall and the right/left dragons protecting the middle hall. The layout is square and serene. The sculptures are delicate and with equisuite wood sculptures.

    As seen in the photo, the temple was full of worshippers even on a Friday morning. Many locals believes in the power of the divine spirits.

    Was this review helpful?

  • dixonchan's Profile Photo

    Long Shan Temple

    by dixonchan Updated Nov 21, 2004

    Lungshan Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits.

    Visit before 5pm. I went there late (way too late in fact at 10pm) and all I can see was the closed gate and nothing else.

    Long Shan Temple

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Taipei

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

27 travelers online now

Comments

View all Taipei hotels