Attraction No. 61, Hami Street, 大同區 台北市 Taiwan 103 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Temple & Monument
Paoan Temple (Bao'an Temple) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Paoan Temple (Bao'an Temple) is special ?
Baoan Temple (保安宮; bǎoān gōng), a few metres north of the Confucius Temple on Hami Street (and signposted from Yuanshan MRT Station), is Taipei’s most beautiful shrine. Though there are many deities enshrined here, the principal figure is Baosheng Dadi, regarded as a god of medicine or healing. Tradition maintains that immigrants from Tongan began worshipping here in 1742 and a simple shrine was completed in 1760, but the first official temple was constructed between 1805 and 1830. The temple won a UNESCO conservation award in 2003 in recognition of the incredible restoration work completed in the 1990s.
What to explore at Paoan Temple (Bao'an Temple)?
Before you go in, check out the painted wall carving inside the East Gate to the right of the Entrance Hall – it features Chinese hero Yue Fei having the words “Serve Your Country” being carved onto his back by his patriotic mother.
Once inside you’ll see the Main Hall across the courtyard, packed with numerous images of Baosheng and surrounded by statues of the 36 celestial officials, carved between 1829 and 1834 and exceptionally rare pieces of temple art. Hard to spot, but there are slight differences between the left and right sides of the hall, a result of the rivalry between the two master craftsmen hired for the restoration of 1917. You won’t miss the seven eye-catching murals that adorn the outer walls of the hall however – they depict various Chinese legends and were completed in 1973.
The Drum Tower on the left (west) side of the courtyard houses a shrine to the Birth Goddess, while the Bell Tower on the opposite side is a shrine to Mazu. Shennong Dadi, the god of agriculture, is worshipped in the Rear Hall.
The Baosheng Cultural Festival is usually held April to May and comprises several weeks of traditional performances to celebrate Baosheng’s birthday (Lunar March 15), including an extensive programme of Chinese opera and music in the evenings. The birthday is marked by a solemn ceremony in the temple, while a boisterous parade usually takes place the day before.
How to get to Paoan Temple (Bao'an Temple)?
Nat'l Hwy 1 →Exit at Taipei Interchange → Sec. 3, Chongqing N. Rd. → Hami St.
Take the THSR or train to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Yuanshan Station.
- “Baoan Temple, great heritage!”
- “Dedicated to the God of Medicine”
- “Old, maintained and respectful.”
- “Top highlight in taipei”
- “An elegant temple in an old Taipei neighborhood”
No. 61, Hami Street, 大同區 台北市 Taiwan 103
Tips for you
Stayed for a while to experience the mood at the temple and explored the place a bit. We found a library within the temple compound which is open to public. There are some relics belonging to the temple such as very old statue and items of worship are exhibited in the library. I can tell these items have been retired over the years due to wear and tear. For those who are planning to go there, remember to explore the temple behind the main shrine area, there are more to offer.
One of the two temples in Taipei I shall visit every year. Crowded but still friendly
We enjoyed this temple more than the better known Long Shan. It's as big or bigger, arguably more attractive, on a quiet street with a park opposite, and adjacent to the new Confucious temple complex.