Tian Yuen Temple

Tian Yuen Temple, Tamsui

Tian Yuen Temple
4.5
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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jameshuang
By jameshuang
Well-known Temple for Cherry Blossoms
Mar 2018
Wuji Tianyuan Temple (無極天元宮) is located in Tamsui Dist. of New Taipei City. It is a Taoist temple (道教廟寺) that emphasizes wu wei (無為, literally meaning non-action, non-doing or non-forcing). Taoism is a very popular religion alongside Buddhism in Taiwan. Wuji Tianyuan Temple is not a very old temple. Its construction started in 1972, and the basic construction was completed in just 57 days in the same year. The most eye catching five-story Wuji Jen-Yuan Tiantan (無極真元天壇) completed in 1992 is a unique structure in a Taiwanese temple. The reason it is called tiantan (天壇) might be because its outline looks like the Temple of Heaven (天壇, Altar of Heaven) in Beijing. Wuji Tianyuan Temple became a famous destination not because of the temple but for the cherry blossoms\ season in February and March. We went there more than 6 times during the cherry blossom season. It is almost impossible to find a parking nearby during the period even on weekdays. Once we were in the site, we saw the original Wuji Tianyuan Temple. The most incredible part was following the road up to the hill where the Wuji Jen-Yuan Tiantan stands on top of the hill. We saw almost every visitor taking photos everywhere which of course included me. You can use the Tiantan as a background of the cherry blossoms scene. Most of the time we went on the left side of the Tiantan and turned left to the trail that led us to a cherry tree garden. Here we saw lot of cherry trees, and it is a good place to take photo of cherry blossoms with the Tiantan as background. Then we took the circular path around the Tiantan and tried to go inside the Tiantan. It was unfortunately not open to public that day. We will try again next cherry blossom season. It is much less crowded in other seasons, and you can come here to enjoy the peaceful environment anytime if you live in Taiwan. The best way to visit during the cherry blossoms is taking a bus from Tamsui or MRT station. Good news is the Tamsui Light Rail (淡海輕軌) will start operating in end of 2018, which will drop you off at a station only 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from the temple. Don’t forget to go inside the Tiantan and go up to the top floor to have a excellent view of the area. You can include other attractions in the Tamsui area and enjoy a full day adventure in New Taipei City.

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Neighborhood: Tamsui / Bali District
The enchanting Tamsui Old Street boasts the most beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf sunset of Taiwan. There are also well-complimented delectable snacks such as Ah Gei (bean curd) and fish ball, etc. On Bali left bank, there is the Ferry Old Street and Wazihwei Nature Reserve. It is relaxing and comfortable whether by strolling or cruising through on a bike. Besides the bustling business district, Tamsui is also full of an old vintage flavor. From western architectural relics to residences dating back to Japanese rule, each with their respective features and great stories to tell. If you visit Tamsui in spring, the magnificent cherry blossoms of Tianyuan Palace are a must see. If you wish for further intimacy with nature, why not camp out for the night under the starry sky. The Bali culture park camping site offers round, transparent bubble tents. Experience the close, seamless connection to surrounding nature from within for an unforgettable memory.

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jameshuang
Taipei, Taiwan2,007 contributions
Well-known Temple for Cherry Blossoms
Mar 2018 • Couples
Wuji Tianyuan Temple (無極天元宮) is located in Tamsui Dist. of New Taipei City. It is a Taoist temple (道教廟寺) that emphasizes wu wei (無為, literally meaning non-action, non-doing or non-forcing). Taoism is a very popular religion alongside Buddhism in Taiwan. Wuji Tianyuan Temple is not a very old temple. Its construction started in 1972, and the basic construction was completed in just 57 days in the same year. The most eye catching five-story Wuji Jen-Yuan Tiantan (無極真元天壇) completed in 1992 is a unique structure in a Taiwanese temple. The reason it is called tiantan (天壇) might be because its outline looks like the Temple of Heaven (天壇, Altar of Heaven) in Beijing.

Wuji Tianyuan Temple became a famous destination not because of the temple but for the cherry blossoms\ season in February and March. We went there more than 6 times during the cherry blossom season. It is almost impossible to find a parking nearby during the period even on weekdays. Once we were in the site, we saw the original Wuji Tianyuan Temple. The most incredible part was following the road up to the hill where the Wuji Jen-Yuan Tiantan stands on top of the hill. We saw almost every visitor taking photos everywhere which of course included me. You can use the Tiantan as a background of the cherry blossoms scene. Most of the time we went on the left side of the Tiantan and turned left to the trail that led us to a cherry tree garden. Here we saw lot of cherry trees, and it is a good place to take photo of cherry blossoms with the Tiantan as background. Then we took the circular path around the Tiantan and tried to go inside the Tiantan. It was unfortunately not open to public that day. We will try again next cherry blossom season. It is much less crowded in other seasons, and you can come here to enjoy the peaceful environment anytime if you live in Taiwan.

The best way to visit during the cherry blossoms is taking a bus from Tamsui or MRT station. Good news is the Tamsui Light Rail (淡海輕軌) will start operating in end of 2018, which will drop you off at a station only 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from the temple. Don’t forget to go inside the Tiantan and go up to the top floor to have a excellent view of the area. You can include other attractions in the Tamsui area and enjoy a full day adventure in New Taipei City.
Written September 15, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CharmingHoney
Manila, Philippines162 contributions
beautiful temple
Jun 2018
This temple in Tamsui is easy to reach just aboard bus 875 and alight at tian yuan temple bus stop (there's 711 at the stop as point of reference). This is best to visit during cherry blossoms season...
Written July 3, 2018
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Tricia G
Manila, Philippines37 contributions
Sakura Overload!!!!
Mar 2018 • Friends
This was one of the highlights of our trip! Sakura was in full bloom and it just took our breath away! When we did our research, and the best time to visit would be 2nd and 3rd week of March. There were a lot of people but it was worth it!
The temple/pagoda was also very nice. The best place to take photos of the place is at the 2f of the pagoda since you can take great selfies and have sakura as your background. The lift wasn’t working but going up to the 5f will be worth the trip.
Brace yourself for the long queue at the bus stop. You have 2 options - either sitting or standing. The price is the same but the line is faster in the standing queue. During sakura season, there is a bus that would take you there and back. Make sure you have an easycard (reloadable metro card) since they don’t accept cash. Each trip is 15 NTD.
Written March 20, 2018
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Ale C
Singapore, Singapore267 contributions
Lovely Temple, even without the Cherry Blossoms
Mar 2017 • Couples
During the Flower Festival, there is a special bus from Tamsui MTR to Tian Yuan Gong (天元宫) where cherry blossoms abound. The bus leaves at 30-minute intervals.
The bus stops at the car park. Walk up the steps and you may spot some blooms to your left. Before long, you will see, looming ahead, a beautiful circular-shaped temple, not unlike the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Go further up and explore the grounds before venturing into the Temple itself.
Climb all the levels, and at each, go out to the balconies to admire the view. We got our best shot of the cherry blossoms from the third floor. Look down at the fountain resembling sun, earth and moo in the garden below.
Though small, the Temple is a sanctuary of peace and calm, and its surrounding gardens are quite beautiful. Each level of the temple is dedicated to a specific group of gods. The open spaces within with the majestic gods are awe-inspiring. The detailing on the doors, ceilings and roofs are magnificent. For those alone, it's worth making the trip up to Tian Yuan Gong, even if there were no cherry blossoms.
Written March 14, 2017
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Weiling H
Singapore, Singapore107 contributions
nice place to visit during cherry blossoms season
Mar 2017 • Friends
did some research and this place was said to be one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in early march. was there on 7th March 2017 but to my disappointment, all the trees were bare except for one which still had the cherry blossoms. still a nice place to visit and i managed to get a decent shot.

directions:
take train to tamsui station, turn right once you exit the station, you will see a bus terminal. shuttle buses (NT15$) to the temple are provided during the cherry blossoms season. alternatively, you may take their public buses 866, 875, 876 or 877.
Written March 8, 2017
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L H
Chicago, IL19 contributions
Don't miss the Cherry Blossoms!
Jan 2017 • Couples
Rode the bus, just need to walk a few steps further to the temple. Do look at the map posted to see where the cherry trees are... they are a bit further than we could tell when entering the grounds. Keep going up the hill behind the temple. The blossoms are already starting to bloom, but I'm sure they will be more abundant in a couple of weeks. Since we were touring right close to Tamsui, this was the highlight of our trip. Gorgeous!
We visited at the end of January, so there was no crowd.
Written January 30, 2017
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SL.HK
Hong Kong, China391 contributions
Cherry blossoms
Apr 2016 • Friends
The temple is served by a tailor made bus route from Tansui metro station during the flower season. Can be crowded at times but your patience will be awarded by some gorgeous photos.
Written April 4, 2016
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Alicia
34 contributions
Very beautiful during cherry blossom season
Mar 2015 • Friends
I recommend this place if you wanna see beautiful cherry blossoms in Taiwan instead of going to Japan. It was my first time seeing so many cherry blossoms at one time and I was very excited. There were many vendors as well, so don't worry that you would have nothing to eat. However, it was really hard to park (both cars and motorbikes) and even buses were full of tourists. Guess you'll need lots of patience during the season.
Written November 1, 2015
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sg_fab5
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
Visit in Sakura season
Mar 2015 • Family
The sakura was in full bloom and it was beautiful, perhaps even more so, in the misty weather. It was also fun to people watch - everyone was snapping photos of themselves (and their pets) with the sakura.

Be warned though, that the toilets were rather filthy, and the queues, long.
Written September 23, 2015
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Travelingjoys
70 contributions
Pretty cherry blossoms
Mar 2015 • Family
We went to Tian Yuen temple specifically to see the cherry blossoms. It was the last weekend of the trees flowering hence it was packed with people.

The nearest MRT is Danshui and there is a bus shuttle service directly to the temple- it's impossible to miss as the queues are long. There are 2 queues, the sitting queue (moves much slower since there are limited seats) and the standing queue. Although the standing queue is longer, it moves much quicker.

There are a few places to grab bubble tea, bread etc, which can come in handy while waiting. The bus ride itself takes are 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

There are a number of strategic places to take lovely photos with the pink cherry blossom trees, e.g. at the foot of the stairs to the pagoda tower and along the left of the pagoda tower as the branches do hang low enough for one to take close ups as well as pose with the flowers.

Do note however that the shuttle bus back to the MRT ends quite early, around 1800h.

I would definitely visit again, during the non-Sakura season, so as to be able to truely appreciate the peace and beauty of the temple and its surroundings without the crowds.
Written March 27, 2015
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