Longshan Temple marks 280th anniversary in style

Bangka Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺), one of the most renowned temples in Taiwan, marks its 280th anniversary on Wednesday in Wanhua District, Taipei City. (Shutterstock)
Bangka Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺), one of the most renowned temples in Taiwan, marks its 280th anniversary on Wednesday in Wanhua District, Taipei City. (Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Bangka Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺), one of the most renowned temples in Taiwan, marked its 280th anniversary on Wednesday with a string of celebrations.

The temple, located in Wanhua District, Taipei City, was established by settlers from Fujian Province in 1738 as a gathering place for the Chinese community.

Today, the Taipei landmark houses hundreds of statues of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities, and serves as a worship center for Chinese religious folks.

The Longshan Temple is one of the “Big 3” temples in the historic Wanhua district; the other two temples are Bangka Qingshui Temple (艋舺清水巖祖師廟) and Taipei Tianhou Temple (台北天后宮).

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