Compare and contrast the ritualized solemnity of the morning ceremony at Taipei Confucius Temple with the riotous color of a festival at the nearby Daoist Baoan Temple. Continue reading Study in Contrasts
Here’s a short video showing parts of the ancient ritual ceremony at Taipei Confucius Temple. This takes place between 9:00am and 9:30am from Tuesday to Saturday.
If you are interested in ancient Chinese culture, the ceremony is definitely worth watching. There’s a solemn yet vibrant rhythm to the ritual that transports you to a far off place and time when the pace of life wasn’t quite so frenzied.
The vermillion-colored Wall of Supreme Knowledge is the true starting point of a visit to the Taipei Confucius Temple, and takes its name from the following comment of Zigong, one of the venerable sage’s disciples, recorded in the Analects of Confucius implying that the only way to learn the teachings of the venerable sage is through assiduous study in the temple academy: Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Wall of Supreme Knowledge
In front of the Wall of Supreme Knowledge is the half-moon-shaped Pan Pool spanned by the graceful three-arch stone Pan Bridge. The balustrades on each side of the bridge are carved in the shape of bamboo plants, while the pillar heads between the balustrades look like the head of a calligraphy brush. Naturally, these have a symbolic meaning, with the bamboo signifying enduring moral principles and the brush heads representing literary merit. Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Pan Pool and Pan Bridge
Whenever I find myself staring at an object these days, my inner nerd starts trying to calculate how many datastreams are imprisoned inside it waiting to be liberated into the cloud. Continue reading Liberating Datastreams at the Taipei Confucius Temple Lingxing Gate
Directly opposite the Pan Pool and Wall of Supreme Knowledge is the Lingxing Gate. This is the main entrance to the temple and, with its graceful hip-and-gable doubled eave roof, sturdy studded main doors, and eight towering columns, has an almost palatial air to it. Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Lingxing Gate
From the Pan Pool, you make your way to the almost palatial-looking Lingxing Gate with its heavy wooden doors featuring 108 decorative studs that are believed to protect the temple from evil spirits. Two fine dragon pillars standing in front of the main door also help to guard the entrance. Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Lingxing Gate and Yi Gate
The main entrance to the Taipei Confucius Temple is the Hong Gate, also known as the Gate of Learning or West Gate. With its dual eaves, “swallow-tail” roof ridge, and graceful center arch, the Hong Gate provides a charming welcome to the temple, inviting you to step inside and enjoy its delights. Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Hong Gate
After passing through the Yimen Gate of the Taipei Confucius Temple, you come to the grand Dacheng (Great Success) Hall standing in the middle of an expansive stone courtyard. The Dacheng Hall is the main building of the temple, and is home to a spirit tablet of Confucius. As such, it is also the site of the annual ceremony celebrating the venerable sage which takes place every September. Continue reading Taipei Confucius Temple Dacheng Hall