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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

No. 2 Jhongtai Road | Puli, Nantou 54544, Taiwan
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Ranked #11 of 222 Attractions in Nantou
Type: Other, Cultural
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184 reviews 184 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Impressive and majestic quake-proof building. Crowded and noisy with visitors on the outside and peaceful and quiet inside. Four corners of the main hall are stationed with four floor to ceiling statues of deities looking as if supporting the ceiling. In the inner halls are statutes of Buddha and many other sages. Big garden and outdoor space for you to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We came here because we read that it was an interesting attraction. There were a lot of bus tours which by itself already detracts a lot from the visit but the building itself is not that interesting in my opinion. It is a modern, somewhat tacky, and over the top place. I much rather see small historic temples so this... More

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Xiamen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Really appreciated the vastness and peace of this monastery - lovely location and impressive scale. Would like to learn more.

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London, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

A great and very dramatic place to go if gigantic beautifully ornamented Buddhist sculpture is your thang. Good place for meditation too if you go on a day without crowds. If Buddhism isn't your thang, it is a modern building, and maybe worth a visit. 4 stars from me as Buddhism is cool !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A big place to walk and very impressive with the deities carvings. It was filled with tourists but once inside the monastery, it's real quiet, cool and calm place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The monastery is new so it is very modern inside, it's more impressive from the outside. The place is crowded with tourists, with a few large statues and bland decor it won't really give you a wow factor. Visit the gift shop on your way out it, it really has a lot of nice things to buy, and the rubber... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Buddhist monastery and this was due in no small part to the nun who accompanied us and who provided such an interesting and informative commentary. Her English was excellent and she explained Buddhism and the history of the monastery with a sincerity that engaged the audience. The building itself has been lovingly designed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

It's a very good idea to make the effort to download the form from their website for the guided tour. And then fill it out and fax it off. You get to see twice as much of the building and learn more about Buddhism. My guide really helped me to understand what I was looking at. The building is impressive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It's enormously bigger than the usual temple we see. It's a futuristic building n has 4 big statutes covering its pillars, not just beautify the hall, they present the fine art of craftsmanship. Despite having non-ending flows of tourist groups, the temple still have many seclude corners where you can just sit there and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. I like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Get a guide and enjoy the sheer size, beauty and serenity of the monastery. It will mkke you think and reflect. Impressive

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