Confucius Temple

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Confucius, known as “Great Teacher” to the Taiwanese people, is a pivotal figure in Chinese and Taiwanese culture and history.  The Confucianism philosophy is thought to have formed some of the basis of ancient education and today plays an important role in Taiwanese daily life.  Education was considered a virtue and something espoused greatly by Confucius.

His teachings were the basis of the six arts in Chinese culture and those include

  • Caligraphy
  • Charioteering
  • Math
  • Music
  • Rites
  • Archery

These are all celebrated in Confucius temples across Taiwan, but quite grandly at the Confucius Temple in Taipei.  The original structure was built in 1879, destroyed during the Japanese occupation and rebuilt in 1930 with some disputes during World War II.  The Taipei temple is a destination spot for the Taiwanese people and others around the world.

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The temple is set up with an outer wall surrounding the site and an inner courtyard.  The main temple sits in the inner courtyard while along the outside wall are tributes to Confucius top disciples and instruction around the six arts.  You can test yourself in the six arts and have fun in the process.  Our team thought that the test on Charioteering made the most sense in building skills for our Pingtung County project

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The Taiwanese celebrate Confucius every year on September 28th with an elaborate festival at the temple.  We found the location very peaceful where people come to observe, educate, draw and even sing songs.  Chiang Kai-shek, the legendary Taiwanese leader, inscribed the words “Educate without discrimination” at the temple for all to see.  Important lesson for the team and all of us.

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  1. Emma

    Tainan has a Confucius Temple as well, just not sure if you could visit there or not.