Tamsui Longshan Temple
Updates : 2022-12-21
- One of the five remaining Longshan temples in Taiwan
- Tamsui’s four hidden temples, hidden in the market
- Built in the style of Quanzhou temples with exquisite carvings
- Featuring a plaque gifted by the Guangxu Emperor to thank the gods
A religious center for immigrants from Sanyi, Quanzhou
Longshan Temple is the religious center for the people of Sanyi, Quanzhou. Since the Qing Dynasty, the Sanyi people formed the majority of the Han Chinese who crossed the sea to settle in Taiwan and start up their businesses, and brought with them the religion and architecture of their hometown, greatly influencing Taiwanese culture. The Tamsui Longshan Temple was inspired by the Quanzhou Longshan Temple, and became an important center in Tamsui for the Sanyi people to meet. The temple’s main hall is dedicated to Bodhisattva Guanyin and features delicate and exquisite carvings. The temple’s front is made of stone from Mount Guanyin, and during renovations, efforts were made to restore the style of the era in which it was originally built. This care and dedication made the traditional temple all the more precious.
Ci Hang Pu Du (kind-hearted and compassionate)
Tamsui Longshan Temple has preserved many stone monuments, plaques, pillars and other artifacts, and the famous Ci Hang Pu Du plaque hanging in the temple is a must see. In 1884, during the Sino-French War, Tamsui briefly became the battleground for an engagement between the two armies, and it is said that the Bodhisattva Guanyin appeared of Tamsui Longshan Temple appeared and protected the residents of Tamsui from the dangers of the war. In 1886, Liu Ming-chuan, the then governor of Taiwan, requested the Guangxu Emperor to grant a plaque reading “Ci Hang Pu Du” (慈航普度), meaning kind-hearted and compassionate, to thank the Bodhisattva Guanyin for her protection of Tamsui.
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Museum of World Religions
This two-story museum is the only museum of its kind to feature all the world’s major religions under one roof. It relies on interactive multimedia exhibits to portray religious stories in a vivid, interesting way. One of these exhibits, the Greatest Sacred Buildings, includes unique mircro cameras that visitors can use to peer into building interiors.
Douglas Lapraik & Co.
In ancient times, the Tamsui river was deep enough to park large vessels; when Tamsui open to business as a port, it has become a very important port area. "Douglas Lapraik & Co." is one of the top five foreign companies (Tait, Ckiangsu, Elles, Douglas Lapraik and Dent). In particular, "Douglas Lapraik" has operated the general trading business; additionally, shipping was it major business, which dominated Taiwan shipping routes up to 30 years and witnessed the prosperous development after Tamsui opened as a port. The ship "Water Dragon," that Dr. Mackay rode for travelling to Taiwan was operated by "Douglas Lapraik."