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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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Address: No. 2 Jhongtai Road | Puli, Nantou 54544, Taiwan
Phone Number: 049-2930215
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The place was crowded with group tours, it will be better if we book in advance for the guided tour, so we can know the history etc in the monastery. since we dont know when will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

中台禪寺is a monastery with giant Buddha and whispering is forbidden. They have staff carrying signboards going around to ensure no one make any single noice. This is the only place where filled up by tour groups from China but the quiestest spot to take a stroll in the premise. I guess not a bad idea with the Keep quiet please... More 

Thank Anne188624
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was crowded with group tours, it will be better if we book in advance for the guided tour, so we can know the history etc in the monastery. since we dont know when will we arrive, we didnt book the tour. Its quite a hike road towards the main hall, and inside the main hall, we cannot talk... More 

Thank Yulie22
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59 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Though not a Buddhist, I somehow find this place very different to the temples that I have been to. Something seems to be lacking like Peace and Serenity of a temple. No, not made worse by the endless noisy tour groups. But by its scale and commercial appeal. Yes, the majestic towers are great to look at, but to have... More 

Thank watertay
Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Just wet there yesterday with some Local friends. They planed the day so I had some specific expectation. To my surprise the place is nothing like other temples I visited before. It is fairly new and massive. You can feel a lot of $$$ have been donated for this project. It is a lot more than a temple it is... More 

Thank J-P D
Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Compared to a "traditional" Buddhist monastery, this is a rather different experience, perhaps off-putting for some (this is a BIG, modern place). But the way to truly experience Chung Tai Shan is to pre-arrange a personalized tour, rather than just wandering about with the crowds. This needs to be done at least several days ahead of time (our tour guide... More 

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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We visited this relatively new building as part of a small group and could not fail to be impressed by the sheer scale and massive size. It was unfortunately very busy with at least 100 coaches parked in the parking area. Our limited visit time only enabled us to view the outside and lower interior areas. However, even this limited... More 

Thank Travelexperience12
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Already impress by the Buddha statues at level 1, before go make early reservation at the office to go to 3rd and higher floor for more stately Buddha statues and hall.

Thank 88Getaway88
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Our tour guide had made an appointment with a shifu at the monastery. We were able to get access to all the restricted access area. The statutes on the second level and above are spectacular and beautiful. It is also very tranquil. We were lucky to visit on the 15th day of the lunar month so there was a special... More 

Thank Ming Y
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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208 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is really quite an amazing institution. The monastery and temple itself is huge and was only finished in the early 2000's. It is a huge complex full of beautifully executed contemporary and traditional Buddhist art and is interesting just from this perspective. If you just want to wander around you can visit the first two floors of the complex... More 

Thank Stephen P
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120 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Loved it. You may need to walk a while to find a quiet spot. It is worth it. Very tranquil. The museum has status of Buddha through the ages which is excellent.

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