Dalongdong Baoan Temple, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwán

Originally constructed in 1742 as a wooden shrine, the Bao’an Temple is a Taiwanese folk religion temple. Throughout Taiwan’s history, the temple was renovated and reconstructed numerous times, leading to a 2003 induction into UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation.

Dedicated to the Taoist saint Baosheng Dadi (保生大帝), the 900 SQ METRE large temple faces south, in line with Feng-Shui practices, and houses the front, main, and rear halls, along with the east and west halls. The buildings also run from tallest to shortest in that order, in observance of Confucian principles. The temple also houses a drum tower.

Important architectural elements around the temple grounds include stone carvings, stone lions, dragon columns, stone bamboo windows, and wood, stone, and clay carvings.

Nearby the doors of the temple are large images of gods protecting the gates. Large coloured murals also are displayed throughout the grounds.

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