Mengjia Longshan Temple [Taipei, Taiwan]

Longshan Temple is located in the Wanhua District of Taipei and dates back to 1738 when Fujian settlers built it as a place of worship and congregation. Over the years, it has been damaged due to earthquakes, fires, and allied bombing during WWII. Today, it encompasses both Buddhists and Taoist deities with a statue of Kuan-in (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) in the main hall. The statue was famously spared when the allied aircrafts bombed the temple in 1945 (Japanese were suspected of hiding arms inside). Once the air raid was over, they found the main hall and part of the nearby annex were destroyed but the statue remained intact.

Entrance is free and donations are accepted. The money goes toward temple maintenance and improvements.

If you’re feeling adventurous, Huaxi Night Market is next to Longshan Temple and sells snake blood and snake soup. You can also find traditional and antique shops, fortune tellers and Chinese medicine shops nearby.

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 For more information:

Taiwan: The Heart of Asia

http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=93

Lungshan.org

http://lungshan.org.tw/en/index.php

Guide to Taipei

http://guidetotaipei.com/visit/longshan-temple-%E9%BE%8D%E5%B1%B1%E5%AF%BA

604 Foodtography: Huaxi Night Market

http://www.604foodtography.com/2011/08/23/huaxi-night-market-snake-alley-taipei-taiwan/