Longshan Temple (龍山寺) – Largest and Oldest Temple in Taiwan
Longshan Temple (龍山寺) is one of the oldest temples in the historic Wanhua district, the Mengjia Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian as a gathering place for Chinese settlers. Located in the old village part of Taipei, Wanhua District, this temple has stood the test of time and lasted through several natural disasters and wars.
Since the construction of the temple, Taipei residents have continuously renovated and improved the temple and the surrounding grounds, with the temple coming to represent the pride of Taiwanese temples and worship houses, worshipping a mixture of Buddhist, Taoist, and deities like Mazu.
*Basically this historic Temple includes every god which is stated the goddess list which definitely worth a visit if you wish to worship on any of them!
Longshan Temple Worship Method
Not sure which goddess to worship? It is advisable that you worship each one of them starting from left to right (the building is in round-rectangular shaped) so that you wouldn’t miss any and get well-blessed as required! 😉
*Although the entrance for Longshan Temple is free, but donations (which includes buying incense and red candles) to maintain the upkeep of the temple are kindly accepted.
Longshan Temple Historic Temple Artwork
While doing your personal “Circling-Round Prayer” in the temple, it is highly recommended to raise up your head occasionally to admire the unique artwork of the temple (mostly along the rooftop), and you will definitely get rewarded with some epic scenic view that most visitors had missed! 😉
In our opinion, Taiwan owns the best-decorated temple in their region and worth to visit each one of them if you are into the beauty of architecture.
Longshan Temple After Praying Session
Instead of heading back straight, most of the believer choose to hop around the Longshan Temple compound to relax (chit chatting with friends) or recite scriptures after their praying session.
This lively scenario not only occurs at the weekend but on a daily basis which includes working day!
The Longshan Temple also owns a mini-park (near the entrance) where you can have a seat nearby just to witness flows of people passing by within a few minutes, trust me it actually quite fun to watch and calms your heart in a way! 😉
Longshan Station Interesting Scene
The “Longshan Station” is also the popular gathering spot for those older male communities, you can see tons of them having Chinese Chess activities all around the park once you stepping out from the station!
Feel free to join them if you are interested but be sure not to open your mouth (because you will ruin the fun) unless you are the one playing! 😉
From Train (MRT)
- Take the Blue Line 5 to Longshan Temple (龍山寺), the temple is located just north of the station plaza, Exit 1.
From Shuttle Train
- Longshan is located one block north of Wanhua station (萬華), accessible by Local service (區間車)
Address: Longshan Temple, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan.