Longshan Temple

No. 211 Guangzhou Street

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The Longshan Temple is a Chinese folk religious temple and is alternately known as Mengjia, Taipei. The temple was constructed in 1738 by settlers from Fujian, China during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of mercy. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers. In addition to its Buddhist elements, Longshan Temple incorporates Taoist and Confucian elements, with halls and alters dedicated to more than 100 other Chinese gods and goddesses.

The temple has suffered damage over the years through earthquakes, floods, and fires. Its most notable damage was in WWII via an air raid. Each time the temple has been damaged, however, the local community rebuilt and helped in maintaining the temple. The temple stands as a symbol of community and resilience.

Photo from CEphoto, Uwe Aranas via Wikimedia Commons.

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