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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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One of four main Temples in Taiwan

This is one of four main Buddha Temples in Taiwan. The temple is huge and very luxurious with a lot of very precious woods. It has a branch in Lafayette (near Walnut Creek,CA... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Union City, California
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Union City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of four main Buddha Temples in Taiwan. The temple is huge and very luxurious with a lot of very precious woods. It has a branch in Lafayette (near Walnut Creek,CA). It claims to be Zen branch which is somewhat odd. Zen ranch tends to be simple and low profile. It becomes a tourist spot and has way... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The place was really crowded with tour groups and some of the people are just be irresponsible to step on the grass even though a sign board was set up. You need to be quick for taking pictures. We did not go all the way up to see the figures face to face but still managed to see them. A... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

My tour guide and the temple guide explained a lot to me. This place would probably hold more significance to Buddhists. Learnt quite a bit about Buddhism and its various deities. Also en route to cingjing farm, so not sure if you'd want to make a special trip here if you're not in the vicinity.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

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 

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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 

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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 

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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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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 

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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.

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