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Address: Tuntian Lane, Jiji Township, Nantou, Taiwan
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Powerful Reminder!

The sight of a historical temple with its collapsed section, is a powerful reminder of the force of nature. Was in Taiwan during the great earthquake of Sept 21 or 921 in 1999... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
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Whitby, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Actually two temples - the new larger one in front and older collapsed (earthquake) temple behind. Stop by to see what the forces of nature can do even to a sturdy piece of construction.

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Singapore
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

The sight of a historical temple with its collapsed section, is a powerful reminder of the force of nature. Was in Taiwan during the great earthquake of Sept 21 or 921 in 1999 (thus my moniker) and have seen many actual sites in Taipei damaged by the earthquake, and the city of Nantou has done extremely well to preserve the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I was at Taiwan during the 921 Earthquake and I could remember vividly how everyone was awoken by it and evacuated out of the hotel. We reached the temple during a cycling activity recommended by our guide-driver. I did not know that there is a story behind the temple (no pun intended). Our guide brought us to the back, showed... More 

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Loma Linda, California
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

One doesn't expect to come across a ruined temple such as this one, though it is a great reminder of the power of nature. You can also never get this close to the intricate roof carvings that are now at eye level, or just above. For safety reasons, only viewable from the exterior, though a new version of the temple... More 

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Heaven
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Very impressive! Could not believe the rebar could be bent at such an angle and the temple collapse upon itself! The new temple is gorgeous but the old temple is a powerful reminder of what can happen during earthquakes! The market behind the temple was fascinating.

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Thank George O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

This was an unbelievable site. Our tour guide explained that he was next door at the time. Due to the wave of the quake, the temple fell forward and backwards several times. If you are there, notice the heavy polished gold plated bronze incense urn. It moved from the front of the temple (you can see the original dark footprint)... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

We were on our way to Sun Moon Lake after visiting Jiji Train Station. Our guide alighted us on the main road and much to our astonishment, pointed to a structurally devastated temple with roof at inclination and almost flattened to the ground. The collapsed temple lays like an artifact or archaeological remains in an outdoor museum. It was a... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2015

The shocking remains of the old temples not only show people the great power of the earth, but also tell the people the power of the god inside the temple. The statue of the god not only remains undestrcuted and its beard keeps growing by time, which is a miracle for the local people.

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footscray west
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

This was a simple small town Taoist temple that collapsed pancake like in 1999 due to an earthquake and has been left in place as is. A new temple has been built alongside it as a replacement. The temple is really only a 10-15 min, but interesting viewing/photo stop, but if you are in the area, the town of Jiji... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

It was a beautiful historic temple with nice engravings. Unfortunately it was destroyed by the 921 earthquake. Despite that, it had collapsed gracefully to what it was now.

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