Dedicated to the Guanshiyan Buddha and 166 other deities, the Longshan Templein the district of Wanhua is one of the most popular and largest temples in Taipei. The temple was originally built during the Ching Dynasty around 1738, but has been rebuilt and restored on several occasions since then due to earthquake, fire and bomb damage.
The entrance features a small waterfall and pond. The three sections of the temple contain beautiful ornate carvings and delicate statues as well as many Chinese poems, proverbs and verses. The main hall is flanked by bronze dragons and pillars.
Many religious activities and lantern festivals take place here, in particular, on the 1st and 15th of each lunar month. Numerous visitors remark about its spiritual and atmospheric ambience, especially during a festival when the air is filled with the aroma of incense and flowers.
At all times of day, it is a place where people come to worship and has a reputation for being a very active temple. It is often frequented by the local population and provides great insight into the local culture and history.
There is a small shop that sells religious items.
The Huaxi Street Night Market is also nearby, and there are many places to eat and shop around here.
This is an easy temple to get to as it is served by its own station on the MRT metro: Longshan Temple Station.