Kaiyuan Monastery

Kaiyuan Monastery (Kāiyuán Sì 開元寺) One of the most beautiful and historic temples in Tainan is also one of its least known due to its remote location. This historic place is reportedly the oldest monastery in Taiwan, and was the home of the Zheng family towards the end of their reign on the island. Today … Continue reading

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Fahua Temple

Fahua Temple (Fǎhuá Miào 法華寺) The great buzz of activity that surrounds many of the Taoist temples in Tainan can easily be countered by the monastic calm of Buddhist temples such as Fahua Temple in the southern part of the central district. In the early morning hours you can hear a deep chanting emanating from … Continue reading

Zhuxi (Chu Hsi) Temple

Zhuxi Temple (Zhúxī Sì 竹溪寺) The origin of this temple is surrounded more by legend than facts. Legends talk about a beautiful Buddhist temple on the south bank of the south river in Tainan. It was on a hill surrounded by gorgeous natural landscape. Bamboo grew all along the small river that ran next to … Continue reading