Lugang Longshan Temple
Lugang Longshan Temple
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Together with Tianhou this is one of the most architecturally important temples in Taiwan. It traces its origins from 1653 and was moved to its current site in 1786. It was severely damaged by the 1999 earthquake but has been painstakingly restored to reproduce its original features. A beautiful building.
Written 25 November 2023
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This temple is constructed of wood so you know it's very old. A lot of attention to detail is on display. Very popular and highly revered by the Taiwanese people.
Written 31 October 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,419 contributions
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Dec 2022
Longshan Temple in Lugang is an important site of religious devotion for those who follow traditional belief systems in Taiwan. The temple hosts performing groups during major religious festivals. The octagonal caisson ceiling above the stage at the Longshan Temple is the oldest such work in Taiwan. It rises through five ascending levels of diminishing size, each with 16 sets of bucket arches, culminating in a domed panel at the top. When traditional troupes perform here, the sound resonates in the air. Lugang is one of the oldest Han Chinese settlements in Taiwan, the literal translation of its name is "deer port."
Written 16 December 2022
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,527 contributions
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Nov 2022
This temple is dedicated to Guanyin (觀音菩薩, Avalokitesvara). It was originally found In 1647 (the 4th year of Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty 清順治四年). The temple was moved to the present site In 1786, and has been overhauled and rebuilt for several times.

"Longshan Temple" is named after the ancestral temple~ Longshan Temple in Anhai, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (福建泉州安海龍山寺). There are 5 Longshan Temples in Taiwan: Lukang LongshanTemple (鹿港龍山寺), Tainan Longshan Temple (台南龍山寺), Bangka Longshan Temple (萬華龍山寺) , Fengshan Longshan Temple (鳳山龍山寺) and Tamsui Longshan Temple (淡水龍山寺) .

Among them, Lukang Longshan Temple is the oldest, the largest and has the highest level of heritage. The magnificent architecture and exquisite stone carvings in the temple are believed to be the work by the masters from Quanzhou (泉州).
Written 9 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,419 contributions
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Apr 2022
Lugang Longshan Temple is dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, also known as the Bodhisatva of Great Compassion. The temple dates back to the 18th century. Major renovations were undertaken in 1829. During the 921 Earthquake of 1999, the temple was severely damaged, but it was restored thanks to public donations. The temple is a rare example of expert craftsmanship; the dragon columns are meticulously carved, and intertwine vigorously. The Lugang Longshan Temple is one of several Longshan temples on the island, it is certainly an outstanding example of folk art.
Written 4 June 2022
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane3,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I enjoyed an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 visiting in order Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

Our 6 night private tour of Taiwan was arranged through Wendy Wu Tours and we visited Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

On the last day of our tour we travelled from Kaohsiung (Taiwan’s third largest city and its largest port) back to the capital Taipei, where we spent our last evening before leaving for Laos. It was a 350 kilometre journey to Taipei but mostly we travelled with ease on an excellent highway. On the way we visited the charming town of Lukang (formerly known as Lugang) at the halfway point and visited the rather impressive Lukang Longshan Temple, described by the Ministry of Interior Affairs as the best preserved Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912) building in Taiwan.

What makes a visit to the Longshan Temple so special is its amazing octagonal caisson, also referred to as a caisson ceiling, or spider web ceiling, located in the front hall of the temple. It is quite a stunning masterpiece and brilliantly constructed during the temple’s reconstruction in 1831. This makes it the oldest caisson of its type in Taiwan. What is particularly impressive is that this wood structure was precisely calculated, and craftsmen managed to sustain the whole ceiling without using a single nail. There were seats provided on the floor at the edge of the caisson, so we spent some time just looking up in total awe and wonderment at the ability and immense talent of these early craftsman in being able to create such a ceiling of pure intricate beauty and all without today’s computer models.

The front hall of Longshan Temple is called the Five Portal Hall because of the five pairs of entry doors along its front side featuring colourful God paintings, the work of Lukang’s renowned religious artist Guo Shin-lin (1902 – 1973). These paintings were pleasing to the eye. In between each pair of doors there are wooden panels with very nicely designed lattice work. The centre pair of doors feature paintings of the two principal door guardians of Buddhism.

A feature of note at the entrance to the worship hall is the pair of dragon columns supporting the structure and reinstalled during the 1852 renovation of the temple. On each column is featured a dragon in high relief with its tail circling up each column. Inside this hall can be seen a number of very colourful and ornate Buddhist images including some spectacular ceiling lights.

There is an information sign in the temple courtyard which gives this temple the highest possible accolade in the eyes of the Taiwan public. It lists the Long-shan Temple, Lukang as one of “The Top 100 Religious Scenes of Taiwan “, encompassing a hundred iconic religious sites and activities that were chosen via public vote and announced by the Ministry of the Interior on 22 November 2013.

After visiting this attraction we could understand how the Taiwanese people value this temple so highly. My wife and I, as visitors to Lukang, were equally impressed.
Written 31 July 2020
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TravellerMan72
Oslo, Norway1,630 contributions
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Nov 2019
There are more than one Longshan temple in Taiwan but the one in Lugang is so special not just because it's the oldest but because it is the most beautiful and charming temple in Taiwan with a location in the heart of the small town of Lugang.

It is said to date back to 1647 and is considered to be one of the most historic in all of Taiwan as well.

Walking around the temple you don’t really have to really understand the complexities of historic architecture to realize that this temple is a masterpiece of design.

I have enjoyed visiting this temple.
Written 24 November 2019
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This place appears on Taiwan tourist maps as Lukang. This beautiful old temple offers many excellent photo opportunities. You have a chance to admire the grandeur of Taoist worship and enjoy the lovely garden out the back. The koi in the ornamental pond are enormous.
Written 3 November 2019
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Ana Luisa Monzon
Changhua, Taiwan21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
It is an old temple surrounded by many shops, great street food, full of fun activities for kids I even was able to have my nails done!!
Written 14 April 2019
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Sook Hoon S
Selangor, Malaysia161 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Family
I think there are two Long Shan temples in Taiwan. One is at Taipei and this is at Lugang. This is older and impressive nevertheless. The building has a very elegant feel. You feel at peace here. Old trees, nice decorative ceilings. Really nice.
Written 17 December 2018
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