Bao'an Temple

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Neighborhood: Jingshan / Wanli District
The North Coast of Taiwan (Wanli District/ Jinshan District area) is filled with breathtakingly extraordinary rock formations, the most widely known of which is the various unique geological landscapes in Yehliu Geopark. The famous Queen’s Head, Fairy Shoe, etc., are absolute works of beauty by nature’s uncanny craftsmanship. One must also taste the authentic seafood cuisine when visiting the North Coast. Delicious dishes cooked with fresh catches are the favorite of gourmets. If you visit in fall, don’t miss the great taste of Wanli crabs. Jinbaoli Old Street is as busy as it was a hundred years ago. Here you can taste the local cuisine specials of sweet potatoes, jumping taros, etc. The area of Jinshan and Wanli is also a known hot spring resort, where you can experience hot spring baths and remove your body of fatigue and stress. The Juming Museum situated in Jinshan District gathers all of Master Ju Ming's life work in the art park. Located beside the mountains and neighboring seas, the important creations from varying periods by the sculpting master are displayed in accordance with different terrains and landscapes.

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Nhat D
Brooklyn Park, MN33 contributions
An impressive visit
Nov 2019
It was a pleasant visit to Bao’an Temple in Taipei. You will learn a great deal about the architectural design of the Chinese art, the history of Taoism and the worshipping customs. It was free so enjoy the visit and you will glad to do it.
Written January 7, 2020
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,139 contributions
Seemed empty...
Sep 2019 • Solo
... as I didn't see a soul here. Too quiet and a bit eerie, still a beautiful and ornate temple. I stumbled into this place on my way to Yehliu Geopark on the walk from the bus stop where the #1815 bus from Taipei let me off.
Written September 25, 2019
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TechMarauder
Houston, TX389 contributions
Quiet temple that’s great to explore
Aug 2019
This was my favorite temple in Taipei. It was relatively empty but provides great architecture and ambiance.
Written August 18, 2019
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Ji3hui
Singapore, Singapore70 contributions
Another place for worship other than Longshan Temple
Apr 2019
This temple is another temple with exquisite feature. Other than the well known Longshan Temple, this temple is another place to go to. There is lesser crowd here and if you are lucky, you will be able to catch those Chinese opera show.
Written April 20, 2019
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Peter
Pensacola, FL1,487 contributions
Beautiful Example of Taiwanese Temple. Well Worth a Visit.
Jan 2019 • Couples
Good place to sample the local culture and get your spiritual groove on. We visited on a cold rainy day and reduced crowds made it enjoyable. The Temple is free to enter. If you take the MRT (subway), the temple is a 10-15 minute walk from the closest stop. A straight shot that doesn't require GPS if you get going in the right direction as you exit the MRT station.

The best views are from the upper floors of the Temple. Light an incense stick (and leave a coin donation to pay for it) and say a prayer or make a wish.
Well worth a visit.
Written January 6, 2019
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W&M
Deventer, The Netherlands666 contributions
Temple visit
Nov 2018 • Couples
This Temple is situated on a hill and from there you have a nice view. The Temple itself is nice but not a spectacular one.
Written December 3, 2018
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TJim60
354 contributions
An Exquisite Work of Art
Apr 2018 • Couples
It appears that all the earlier11 reviews are for the Daolongdong Bao’An Temple which is in Taipei City across from the Confucius Temple near MRT Station Yuanshan. Well worth a visit. That temple’s primary deity is Baosheng Dadi, a Taoist saint, well known for his healing skills.

Like Daolongdong Bao’An, Yehliu Bao’An is a Taoist/folk religion temple.

At Yehliu Bao’An Temple, the principal deity is General Chen Yuanguang, a Tang Dynasty official who was responsible for the pacification and economic development of Fujian Province and adjacent areas including parts of Taiwan. In addition to military campaigns, he is remembered for his diplomatic skills in getting the various ethnic groups in the area to live in peace with one another as well as promoting agriculture through the introduction of certain crops and advanced farming techniques. Because of these activities he earned the sobriquet “Sacred Prince Developer of Zhangzhou”.

Mazu (Matsu) the goddess of the Southern China Seas who is known as a protector of sailors is also represented here. No surprise this is fishing and port city.

What’s the Fujian connection to Taiwan? Geographic proximity led to immigration from Fujian to Taiwan. Both places have a shared focus on seafaring.

Why visit?

The temple is an exquisite work of art – both the materials used and the craftsmanship of the artists responsible for the decoration.

From a historical standpoint, the qualities of the temple referred to above demonstrate the wealth of the community that built this temple. Presumably based on fishing and port activities.

There aren’t explanatory notes in English. If you don’t read Chinese, you’re on your own as we were. But the beauty is reason enough to visit.

A Chinese acquaintance explained that “Bao’An” has the meaning “protect from harm, keep secure”.

The two pillars have what appear to be typical Chinese four character aphorisms.

On the left is “County Secure/Stable. Peoples’ Life Happy” .

On the right “Good Weather. Good Harvest/Food”.

Note the translations are to English from Chinese using a third language so they may not be 100% accurate.

If you can visit during the Temple’s prime festivals you’re likely to have an even better experience. These are (1) “harbor cleansing” the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, (2) “Mazu Festival” and “Birthday Ceremony of Sacred Princes” (both held the 15th day of the second month of the lunar calendar) and (3) “Sea Ritual” (the 10th day of the 10th month of the lunar calendar).

Absent coming for the festivals, unless one has a lot of time in Taiwan it’s hard to justify a visit just to see this temple. But such a visit can be easily combined with a visit to Yehliu GeoPark.

See my review of Yeh Liu GeoPark for advice on cost efficient transport for a “do-it-yourself “trip to Yehliu. That way you avoid having a regimented tour with 50 or so of your new friends and save a few dollars as well.
Written April 20, 2018
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Colorful display of offerings
Jan 2018 • Family
One of the most important temples to visit in Taipei located in Dalongdong Cultural and Historical District just a block away from the Confucius Temple. This looks less touristy than the more famous Longshan Temple.
Written March 17, 2018
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EmJ255068
Brisbane, Australia293 contributions
Best temple in Taipei
Dec 2017
This temple was beautiful. Stunning buildings with a garden around it. There were barely any people around which made it a really pleasant place to visit. The statues and artefacts were pretty amazing. Overall definitely recommend.
Written January 8, 2018
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Member20002015
Mumbai, India9 contributions
HISTORIC TEMPLE
Dec 2017 • Family
One of the most beautiful temple in Taipei. Got to see the beautiful Chinese architecture.
We got to see several local people praying there in the temple ,which was interesting and enriching experience.
As we had reached the temple late evening , had a chance to see the temple lit with lanterns which was a feast for the eyes. Was just BEAUTIFUL!!!
The atmosphere of the temple was very peaceful and quite.
Definately worth a visit.
Written January 7, 2018
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