Dehua Hall (Dehua Temple)
Dehua Hall (dé huā táng 德化堂)
This building originally dates from 1837, but has been renovated many times. I’ve always liked this temple from the outside. I like the long wall and the simple, low-lying architecture. There’s something very simple, unassuming and peaceful about the place. The lack of colorful dragons and deities adorning the roof should tell you this is more of a Buddhist temple than a Taoist one. The inside has a very light and colorful feeling that is quite different from the dark, almost creepy atmosphere in some of Tainan’s older city temples. It’s not one of the big tourist draws of Tainan, so you can enjoy this place undisturbed by anyone else. This makes it easier to take in the murals and small details that make this place special. The green ceramic roof tiles are lovely and the door gods are exquisite.
The temple is one of two remaining in Taiwan that belong to the Longhua Sect of Buddhism. This one is dedicated to worshipping Guan Yin. Supposedly, this is the Longhua School of Abstinence Religion, but I’m not sure that this has anything to do with sexual abstinence. I’m having trouble finding any clear information about the Longhua Sect on the internet. Anyone who knows more about this is free to make comments below.
Location: No. 178, Fuqian Road (Fucian 府前路) Sec. 1, West Central District. Tainan City, Taiwan