Taipei Confucius Temple
No.275, Dalong St., Datong District, Taipei
MRT: Yuan-Shan Station, Exit 2
Despite being born and raised in Taipei, I only learned of the Taipei Confucius Temple from the reality show "Amazing Race" last year.
For those who are not familiar with the show, it showcases several teams competing for a grand prize. Each episode takes place at a different spot in the world. In the one particular episode of Taipei, most of the filmed scenes were well-known touristy areas such as Ximen Ding,Chian Kai Shek Memorial, etc., The only one I did not recognize was the "Taipei Confucius Temple".
Ok, I know who Confucius is, and I know Confucius is worshipped in many chinese communities. But, what's so specificial about this particular temple?
剛在Youtube找了一下, 好像台灣電視有播出喔, 叫做"驚險大挑戰"
Here's clip from the show Amazing Race, the Confucius temple appears about 21 minutes into the video
A few months later, I saw the Taipei Confucius Temple again in a popular Taiwanese TV Drama "In Time With You" (for those interested in Taiwanese pop culture, check it out if you can find one with english subtitle online, just a word of caution, it's pretty addicting).
In the TV Drama, the main girl character Yo-Chin met her bad boy boyfriend while practicing for a dance at the Confucius Temple. Not only did the temple caught my attention once again, this time I was mesmerized by the eccentric dance that Yo-Chin was dancing to.
Last year, while visiting family in Taiwan, I decided to check the place out online.
Turned out, the dance that caught my attention was performed weekly. So I decided to be a tourist in my hometown for a change.
Taipei Confucius Temple is a bit far from where my family lives. In order to make it to the Temple for the early morning show, I had to take the MRT with the rest of the commuting Taipei-ese.
Upon arriving at the temple, there were already several tour buses. Quite a popular tourist spot!
I am no expert in Taiwanese temple architecture, but the official website has some pretty good overview of not only the temple itself, but also about Confucius teaching, and confucius influence other aspects of Chinese/Taiwanese culture.
The dance I was here to see "Ya Yue Dance"
Turns out "Ya Yue Dance" is a type of ceremonial dance dated back to the Ming Dynasty and typically danced every year on Confucius' birthday (which is also "Teacher's Day" in Taiwan).
Without further further ado, check out the two video clips below