I've visited about 15 Confucius Temples in China and Taiwan. The Tainan Temple is one of the best preserved anywhere. Though small in scale (about the same size at the Taipei temple), it served as Taiwan's principal temple under the Qing. They've refrained from adding much paint to the spirit tablets, so the colors of the interior halls are quite beautiful. Be sure to step into the Yicheng Academy behind the main hall, to the right. This academy remains the primary destination for aspiring scholars who come to offer prayers in front of the spirit tablet of Confucius and to the Five Deities of Wenchang, which literally sits right in front of Confucius's tablet – which places Confucius in the primary ritual position, even though he sits behind Wenchang.
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