Wuchang Temple

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Larry-Calif
San Francisco, CA321 contributions
PAST and PRSENT
Dec 2019 • Friends
In 1990, a wealthy local person donated over 5,000 square feet of land to the temple and a year later the construction started on the temple and was completed in 1998. A year later in 1999 the temple was destroyed by the 1999 earthquake.

This collapsed temple would be considered a really bad omen, but when rescue teams were sent into the ruins of the temple, they found that the statues inside the temple survived the ordeal unscathed and for some reason the beards on the statues grew. 

The story of the statues quickly spread around the country and donations started to come in to make a new Wuchang temple. Eighty years after the earthquake and destruction of the Wuchang temple, construction began on the third temple.

Construction of the new temple lasted six years. In 2013 the new Wuchang temple is much bigger and sits across the plaza from the former temple.

The remains of the old Wuchang Temple which collapsed in the 921 earthquake is a 16-minute walk (0.8 mile or 1.2 km) from train station. It is worth seeing.

Here I am standing in the PAST and PRESENT ... at the Wuchang Temple.
Written November 28, 2020
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia688 contributions
Extraordinary
Oct 2019
This Taoist temple, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1999 is both a fascinating and tragic story. A once beautiful building dropped it’s upper storeys to the ground. In the process it crushed the ground level of the building and twisted the other parts in relation to each other. The temple ha been left as a memorial.
Written October 30, 2019
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Nastame
Harrogate, UK1,681 contributions
A crumpled mess.......
Oct 2019
.....but this site is very photogenic.Sadly destroyed by an earthquake, the old temple has become the main attraction rather than the new temple. Many in our group didn't visit the new but it's 50 m away and rather pleasant. The little indoor market is worth a brief visit....especially for the oolong tea you can buy and the Buddha's finger fruit.
Written October 29, 2019
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Boston T
208 contributions
Great photo opportunity
Aug 2019
The new temple is very pretty and ornate. The main attraction, however, are the ruins of the prior temple behind destroyed in 1999. Also a reasonably sized market under a large tent next door with local wares, products and food stuff.
Written August 5, 2019
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jack M
New York City, NY1,174 contributions
UNIQUE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
Dec 2018 • Couples
We stopped here on our 5 day visit of the island of Taiwan. During the 1999 earthquake this magnificent temple just collapsed on its base, with the decorations, roofs, etc. poised at unusual and uneven angles. A delight to photograph. The "replacing" temple is just another temple. Nothing as superb as the "earthquake" temple was.
Written December 28, 2018
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Ken C
Melbourne, Australia94 contributions
Fascinating survival of temple severely damaged by earthquake.
Nov 2017 • Friends
This brightly decorated temple was severely damaged by an earthquake late in 1999. Although it collapsed, and the walls and roof remain at uneven angles, it remains standing and provides a great opportunity for photographers to get unusual shots.

The new temple next door is also attractive and worth a visit.
Written November 20, 2017
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,218 contributions
Amazing
May 2017 • Couples
Amazing result of a very serios earthquake in which the temple did not demolish and stayed a complete temple which fell down.
Written May 28, 2017
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Vigswam
Singapore, Singapore1,045 contributions
Place to Stop by When in Jiji
Dec 2015 • Family
We came to Jiji town to catch the train to Checheng. As we came early and the next scheduled train was 40mins later, we decided see the sights of Jiji town. This temple is less than 5min drive from the station and its open to public for viewing - no entrance fee and such. The temple depicts the intensity of the earthquake that transpired here. It wad also interesting to see how the structure yielded as the base and the roof remained reletively intact while the pillars seemed to have yielded in unison such that the roof landed right on the foundation uniformly - amazing. Its a nice place for pictures. Kids may find it boring. There is the new temple next door which can be viewed in contrast to this. Overall, we spent about 15min here.
Written September 17, 2016
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clairmontjeff
Hue, Vietnam1,182 contributions
Destroyed by Earthquake
Sep 2016 • Solo
Amazing to see the destruction of the original Temple. A newer Temple has been built, but the attraction here is definitely the old Temple.
Written September 13, 2016
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Todd
Los Gatos, CA309 contributions
921 Earthquake Temple
Jan 2015 • Couples
They've since rebuilt a new version of the temple in front of the original that now stands beautifully collapsed from the 921 Earthquake on September 21, 1999. The urban explorer in me has been wanting to see this temple ever since I saw a picture of it on the internet. It's fascinating how well the temple collapsed and it's hard to believe the roof remained almost 100% intact. It truly shows the power of the earthquake that swept through Nantou that hallowed day.

If you enjoy abandoned buildings and want a history lesson on the power of mother nature, this temple is a must see. Head out in the morning and after you walk the grounds of the old temple you can see the new one as well as a pleasant little market nearby. My only complaint is in the afternoon the tour buses start carting people in and the place fills up pretty quick. I also wish they would get rid of the tacky banners and fence in front of the collapsed temple. It ruins the humbleness of the structure for me.
Written February 3, 2015
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