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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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Address: No. 2 Jhongtai Road | Puli, Nantou 54544, Taiwan
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I was told the monks and nuns here have degrees and double degrees, it's very modern and luxurious. It's really peaceful and nice environment. You can see people holding signs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 22, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Coppell, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Per our tour guide, this was some special Buddhist temple that we were visiting. So when we got here, it was a surprise to see this place as more a monastery that was not the typical Buddhist temple that we were expecting. The place was well kept, and clean. I gave it 3 stars as it was simply not very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

One of the top three temples in Asia in my opinion, along with Todai-ji Temple in Nara and Fa Men Temple in Xi'an. Been to all three each have their lineage and history worth a visit if in the area for sure it's gigantic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I was told the monks and nuns here have degrees and double degrees, it's very modern and luxurious. It's really peaceful and nice environment. You can see people holding signs reminding you to keep quiet and not to make any noise.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a great monastery. There was a museum that was closed when we happen to go. However check out the main hall for some very interesting statues.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

The politics and negative discourses of the expense aside, this is a very impressive structure. I found the 'Hall of the Four Heavenly Kings' (quiet please!) to be the most impressive, the figures are huge. The gardens, of which there are several, are very intricately designed, the bell pavilion is a nice spot for a photo or two.

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Itabashi, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016

It's a huge modern temple, it's impressive. There are huge statues and nice garden with a friendship bridge Taipei China.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016

If you are going to visit the Monastery make sure that you take a guided tour so that you can learn about how and why the Monastery was built, the buildings surrounding the Monastery and also get a view into the areas of the Monastery closed to the public. The guides are very knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge... More 

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Union City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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