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PaoChueh Temple

No.140 Jianxing Road, North District, Taichung, Taiwan
+886 4 2233 5179
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Worth a Quick Trip

The smiling Buddha is worth taking pictures. You’re not allowed to enter, unfortunately. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taichung, Taiwan
via mobile
Not what it used to be.

30+ years ago my wife lived in Taichung and came here often. This temple and Buddha were in a... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Lynn J
Midway, Utah
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No.140 Jianxing Road, North District, Taichung, Taiwan
+886 4 2233 5179

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The smiling Buddha is worth taking pictures. You’re not allowed to enter, unfortunately. The district, North District, has other attractions, so this stop could be part of a day out

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

30+ years ago my wife lived in Taichung and came here often. This temple and Buddha were in a thriving neighborhood and are now walled off and poorly maintained. The Buddha is closed for entry. We enjoyed seeing them, however we feel it would be...More

Thank Lynn J
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Taichung is not turistic city at all. There is quite nice city park (15min far from train station) rainbow village and this statue of big smiling budha is the only interesting in the city. I spent there 3 days and it is good base camp...More

1  Thank Gabi H
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Worth a stop. Just walk in and take some pictures. The Buddha is almost 90 foot tall. Really impressive.

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The Big golden Smiling Buddha is so beautiful, you will end up feeling so peaceful in this temple. There is a Japanese Shinto shrine at the back. And a smaller smiling Buddha. I went when it was raining heavily with all offices closed. But it...More

3  Thank Jayesh Chandra ... P
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

The biggest budha i have seen in Taiwan. Very impressive although the other atractions are not very interesting.

Thank menachemle
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Not much here, but if you've got some time, it's always nice to take a picture with a giant buddha. People on your social media will freak out.

Thank Tyler S
Reviewed 25 March 2017

It's just a small temple within the heart of Taichung. There's a big laughing buddha within the temple compound. The original temple is already old and is covered with a bigger structure to protect it from the elements. Though it's small, it's a busy one...More

Thank shinji_731
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The Giant statue of Buddha is impressive and can be seen from the neighbor streets. What I found unique here is that the Buddha statue is not inside a building. The temple’s building located nearby the statue is nice. The temple worth a stop to...More

1  Thank envne
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This temple is a must see. The Buddha is the biggest I have ever seen. The temple at this location are nicely maintained and many people are meditating in the proximity. Be quiet, respectful and take in this experience nearby the gigantic statue!

1  Thank Florian H
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17 May 2017|
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Response from envne | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you to take a taxi, unless you speak the Chinese language, can manage to use the bus system and ready to change bus lines.
27 July 2016|
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Response from TuxedoChico | Reviewed this property |
It is free. However,donations are always accepted at temples. If you light incense (3 sticks is customary) and/or burn paper "money," a contribution is expected.