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Longshan Temple

The Longshan Temple has become one of the most popular temples in Taipei, and it is a very good example of typical Taiwanese temple architecture with a touch of southern Chinese influence, with extensive roof decorations of dragons and peacocks.
The temple seems to be well visited by the locals, and the activities there are centered around a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist rites, as well as some old traditional folk believes.
The legend says that a passer-by left an amulet of Guanyin hanging in a tree there, and this amulet were shining so bright both night and day, that it was decided that this spot was a great place to built a temple.
Settlers from China's Fujinan province built the temple in 1738, and the stones that covers the courtyard is said to ballast stones from their ship.
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The inner courtyard of the Longshan Temple bustling with activity.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Dragon on the roof.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Offerings.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Offerings.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.  The inner courtyard.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Great activity by the local people.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Paper fish decoration.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. The interior - a Buddha.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. The interior - a Buddha.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.  Worshippers.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Lantern decorations.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Lantern decorations.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Bustling activity in the inner courtyard.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. Bustling activity in the inner courtyard.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple. The extensively decorated roof of the main hall, - dragons and peacocks.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

In a corner of the outer courtyard, is a small garden with a waterfall.  This waterfall is a photographers dream, - and therefore I will end my series of the activities in the Longshan Temple with two pictures from this little wonder of natural beauty.
 
 


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The Longshan Temple.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 

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