The Temples and Historic Buildings of Taipei and Jiufen

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Taipei City, Taiwan’s capital, hosts 2.6 million citizens, while the metro area bulges with more than 6.7 million souls. As you’d expect with so many people, there are a profusion of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian temples throughout the sprawling city, as well as amazing buildings like the National Chaing Kai-shek Memorial Hall, pictured here.  
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The National Theater and Concert Hall sit on opposite sides of the Memorial Hall like architectural bookends, across a cobblestone terrace framed by a massive entry gate.  
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A detail of the overhanging roof in the National Theater.  
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Lungshan Temple is one of Taipei’s largest, and has been a center for Bhudist worship since it was founded in 1738. The intricate architectural detail (as exemplified by this dragon, perched on the roof) personfies the building’s religious significance.  
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The temple itself is composed of three halls, the fore, main, and rear.  
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Gold-leafed detail of the Lunghshan Temple.  
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Another roof detail of Lungshan Temple, located in the Manka district of Taipei.  
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Delicately carved flowers line the support beams of the temple.  
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Detail of another column sculpture.  
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Another detail of the Lungshan Temple.  
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The decorative dragon in Lungshan Temple, made of Cochin porcelain.  
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Of course not all temples are as massive—or as tourist-trotted—as Lungshan. This small temple lined one of the side streets in the night market in central Taipei.  
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The vibrant red Buddhist temple is typical of those found throughout the city.  
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The head of a lion sculpture outside a Buddhist temple.  
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Jiufen, a small town nestled in the mountains an hour outside of Taipei, dates back to the Qing Dynasty, and boasts elaborate temples with spectacular details integrated throughout the city’s terraced landscape.  
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Another detail of a temple in Jiufen.  
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A panel in Juifen.  
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A dragon perched at the top of a temple column, Jiufen, Taiwan.  
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