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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 23 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 23 October 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 19 September 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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Thank Chad N
Taichung, Taiwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 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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Thank Lardylove
Itabashi, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 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 5 March 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 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 31 December 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

中台禪寺is a monastery with giant Buddha and whispering is forbidden. They have staff carrying signboards going around to ensure no one make any single noice. This is the only place where filled up by tour groups from China but the quiestest spot to take a stroll in the premise. I guess not a bad idea with the Keep quiet please... More 

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