Dalongdong Bao’an Temple (大龍峒保安宮) – Taiwanese Cultural Heritage Site
Originally constructed in 1742 as a wooden shrine, the Bao’an Temple is a Taiwanese folk religion temple.
Throughout Taiwan’s history, the temple was renovated and reconstructed numerous times, leading to a 2003 induction into UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation.
*The Bao’an Temple is also a popular site for Taiwanese wedding photo shootings with at least one or two groups having photo session each day!
Bao’an Temple Architecture
Dedicated to the Taoist saint Baosheng Dadi (保生大帝), the 900 SQ METRE large temple faces south, in line with Feng-Shui practices, and houses the front, main, and rear halls, along with the east and west halls.
Important architectural elements around the temple grounds include stone carvings, stone lions, dragon columns, stone bamboo windows, and wood, stone, and clay carvings.
The buildings also run from tallest to shortest in that order, in observance of Confucian principles.
Divination Drawing Process
Unlike any other local temples, the Bao’an Temple is the best place to seek for “Heart and Mental” illness solutions.
If you are keen and willing to receive an advice from the deity’s then you should pray sincerely on each of them (starting from left to right) and come back for the “Divination Drawing” later on.
*Do take your time by telling the true story of your problem during the praying session if you are looking for a very accurate solution as a final result! 😉
Once done praying, you may stick your hand into the wooden bucket which situated at both edge of the offering table, twist and mix the sticks few rounds then pull one of the stick out from the bucket.
*Please be noted that you can only use either side of the hand to do the divination drawing, left hand for the men while right hand for the women.
Lastly, pick the divination paper based on the number engraved on the wooden sticks, your solution (consists of a few sets of Chinese poem) should be written behind the paper.
If you do not understand (the true meaning) about the poem, fret not, there is a counselling room right beside it (at the east hall) just to cater for visitors to solve their problem but would require an extra donation for the service. 😉
The Deity Garden
The Deity Garden (陵圣苑) located right next opposite of the Bao’an Temple is an alternative spot to visit after visitor done with their praying session.
This land actually consisted of a fairly large square which has some interesting landmark (bridges, waterfall, arbour, and statues) scattering all around the places! 😉
The Eight Immortals (八仙) entertaining at the riverside scene has a numerous kind of feeling when viewing from a different spot!
The Deity and his disciples drawing (healing) the dragon and feeding the tiger, each state has its own personal unique expression and features that you can almost tell what they are doing! 😉
The Dragon Pond in Deity Garden (陵圣苑) with different dog statues (at behind) to commemorate the year 2018 (dog year) in the lunar calendar.
Besides story-telling statues, there are also a few well-decorated arbours stalled inside the garden where you can sit back and relax a bit throughout the day.
One of them is especially lively due to the Taiwanese seniors “Special Daily Routine” practising choir in Japanese, yes you read it right “In the Japanese Language”!
If you are friendly enough and ask for permission guess they might let you join in the crew, well who knows. 😉
From Train (MRT)
- Take the Red Line (2) to Yuanshan Station (圓山).
- After leaving by Exit 2, continue walking down Kulun St (庫倫街), take a right at the intersection of Dalong St (大龍街).
- Continue walking straight past the Confucius Temple and take a left on Hami St.
- The temple entrance will be located on the right side.
- Do consider visiting Dalong Nightmarket (大龙夜市) located in Dalong St nearby which opens around 5 pm.
Address: Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Hami Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 06.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon-Sun).