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Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple)

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Address: No.115 Wanshu Road, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan
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Amazing temple with a spectacular view of the city.

We did not see many foreigners at the temple. It probably attracts more Chinese and Taiwanese visitors. There is a docent that will give you a general tour in English if you... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
Paul K
Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

We did not see many foreigners at the temple. It probably attracts more Chinese and Taiwanese visitors. There is a docent that will give you a general tour in English if you want to learn more. On that tour, they will take you to your “protector” who is the God for your birth year. The temple is beautiful both inside... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This age-old temple's name "Chih Nan" in Chinese means "pointing to the south" which indicates the deity there could provide you "guidance" when you lost your way in life and needs someone higher up there to point you the way. So visit the temple and ask for "guidance" from the above. However, keep in mind the legend has it that... More 

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Besides the beautiful interior of the temple and the amazing views, we were lucky to witness the peacock dance performed by 5-6 skilled dancers who, to the sounds of music performed a remarkable dance mimicking the peacock. The costumes, the choreography the music and the setting gave this 15 minute dance a reall sense of uniqueness. Inside the temple there... More 

1 Thank Amnon F
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Set in the hillside it is a beautiful temple. Very photographic best views from the walkway across to the lower temple. Easy to get to from the Gondola.There is another way up but there are lots of steps.Very peaceful and well looked after.

Thank 918teresah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Is quite tiring climbing the stairs as the temple had many stairs especially under the hot Sun but is worth trying cos we still can see the nice scenery.

1 Thank Alvin N
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is a lovely temple, located on the Maokong mountain. The temple is easily accessible using the Gondola cable car. The temple offers a great view of the area and lovely interiors to match.

1 Thank TheShis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Very nice temple, with a great view on Taipei. You can visit it see the inside of the temple. There are quite few locals trying to sell things here and they are nice (they told me to go to see the waterfall behind, and it was very nice)

1 Thank Alexis F
Varna, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Beautiful temple, located in the mountain near Taipei. It offers a great view to the city and Taipei 101. Definitely worth the visit.

1 Thank IZhelev
Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

A good idea to jump off the gondola for a short visit of these temples (there are at least 3 large ones). The temples themselves are nicely maintained, flashing with golden buddhas, and the view over Taipei from the terraces is nice for pictures.

2 Thank JMGeneva
Taichung, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

during Chinese new year the fifth day is day for welcoming god of fortune , crowded people everywhere to ask the lucky money form temple , and wish the good fortunes find their way to them, interesting and typical human landscope to visit here

2 Thank Chengyi C

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