｜Buddist, Confucius, and Daoist Temples in Dalongdong, Taipei｜
In Taiwan, temples are not merely served as worshiping houses, but also community centeres, art galleries, stages for traditional performance arts and many more functions. The calenders of temples are booked year round with various activities, held for either religious or secular purposes, on formal and casual occassions. Temples are such crucial places that Taiwanese spare no efforts in decorating them with stylized stone lions, delicate dragon columns supporting the spiderweb plafond ceilings, and vivid wall paintings. Moreover, they make sure the designs and ornaments match the characteristics of the resident gods. It's not uncommon to have more than two temples in an area, but the three major temples in Dalongdong are probably the most representative.
The Taipei Zen Buddhism Temple of the Rinzai (Linji) was built by Japanese monks in 1912. The Song-inspired Japanese zen temple is the only remaining wooden monument from the Japanese colonial period.
Confucianism has had a great influence on the Han society. Even today, a memorial ceremony is still held according to ancient practices at Dacheng Hall in the Taipei Confucius Temple, which was rebuilt in the Tsuan (one group of Southern Min) style in 1925
In 1742, settlers from Tung-an transported the statue of Emperor Baosheng to the Paronpon in Ketagalan, hoping the god of medicine could keep the diseases at bay. In 1804, the small shrine was expanded into a temple by a group of businessmen. In 1830, the project was completed and the temple was named Baoan Temple.