The Taipei Confucius Temple (臺北市孔廟), situated at the original location of the Confucius residence, is the most ancient and revered Confucius temple in the world. The more than 2,000 year old site now honors what many consider to be one of the world’s greatest and most influential philosophers.
The man himself was a believer in simplicity and austerity, so this temple does not have the lavish decor that you might get from other ancient sites in Taipei, such as The Lin Family Mansion and Garden. The doors and windows are not covered in detailed inscriptions and the walls are not all adorned with colorful pictures, particularly of Confucius.
The less cluttered and peaceful environment allows you to take in the features and decorations that the temple does have, which are rather beautiful in their own way. Seeing the locals worship and their rituals is also quite fascinating, so be sure to hang around and see what’s on.
How to get there
Taipei Confucius Temple is a short walk from Yuanshan Station on Taipei Metro’s red line. It’s a quick ride from Taipei Station (7 minutes, NT$20). Head out of exit 2, then use the tourist map panels outside to get there.
Hours and fees
Hours: 8:30am to 9pm