Kaohsiung Confucius Temple (高雄左營孔子廟) is Taiwan’s biggest temple dedicated to Confucius, considered to be the most influential sage in the whole of Chinese history. Located on the north side of the Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung, it’s often a quiet retreat from the busyness of the pagodas there.
While it has been through many renovations, with the only original part being the Chongsheng Shrine, these changes are actually what make the temple extra interesting. For example, while the temple was first constructed during the Qing dynasty, much of the site’s architecture and the worshiper’s beliefs ceremonies were forced to change by the Japanese during their reign. The museum rooms located in the outer walls provide fascinating detail on how various influences and conquerors have shaped the Kaohsiung Confucius Temple.
Most visitors tend to take a long stroll around this very picturesque temple and it’s massive courtyard. There are also rooms that document the life and philosophies of Confucius, as well as the Dacheng Hall, a grand hall used to venerate the man. At the end of the day you’ll have learned a lot about how significant Confucius was and still is in this region’s history and culture.
How to get there
The temple is a 10 to 15 minute walk from Zuoying Station, which is on the Taiwan High Speed Rail and Kaohsiung Metro. It’s not far from Formosa Boulevard Station (13 minutes, NT$25) or Kaohsiung Station (11 minutes, NT$25). There is also a Taiwan Railways station next door called Xin Zuoying Station. Follow signs to the Lotus Pond, and then to the temple, which is to the north of the pond. There is a bicycle rental station near the coffee shop at the southern end of the temple.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm