January 25, 2020 is the first day of the first month of Taiwan’s traditional lunar calendar. Many people will worship at the temple on this day, praying that the new year will start well.
Today, I will worship in 3 temples, Wen Chang Temple, Xingtian Temple, and Puji Temple. They are all located in Taipei City, a well-known traditional temple in Taiwan, with a long history and a large number of worshipers.
It is very convenient to take a bus in Taipei.
Just start from the bus station.
Wen Chang Temple
The first stop is Wen Chang Temple. After taking the bus to Minquan West Road Station, it doesn’t take long to walk.
There is a park in front of Wen Chang Temple. You can see the green park grass.
Many people gathered here to worship.
Everyone holds a stick of incense, which traditionally represents communication with the gods.
The gods worshipped at Wen Chang Temple are symbols of wisdom, education and career. It is a temple for many people who hope that their exams, careers and work will go smoothly.
Today is the first day of the lunar calendar, so many more people come to worship.
Xingtian Temple is a very famous temple in Taipei. There are a lot of worshipers in normal times. At this special time, the crowd is much more.
After getting off at the bus station, many people went to Xingtian Temple.
The intersection in front of Xingtian Temple was full of crowds, waiting for traffic lights to pass.
Entering the temple, there are also many worshippers.
Follow the crowd into the temple.
The big red lantern and a large area of kanban written in Chinese “恭賀新禧” represent the blessings of the Chinese New Year.
Everyone gathered in front of the main hall to worship and pray for the new year.
Xingtian Temple is currently a little different from other temples. Because of environmental protection, stick of incense is prohibited in Xingtian Temple. Therefore, Xingtian Palace worships with hands together.
The surrounding corridors have people resting after worship.
After the worship, we have to leave here. The direction to the exit is also a large crowd. Follow the crowd to the exit and then take the bus to the next temple.
The location of Puji Temple is different from other temples. It is located in the alley of the commercial street near Taipei Station, connecting with the houses on the left and right.
Puji Temple is also a very famous temple.
At this special time, too many people came here to worship.
When the crowd was slightly less, I took a few photos of “Dragon Column”.
The “Dragon Column” is a decoration of temple pillars. It carved various auspicious animals in traditional Chinese mythology on a column of stone, which looks like it is attached to the stone column.
Puji Temple is located in the street and has limited space, so the worship space develops vertically. Therefore, there will be a worship space on the 2.3 floor, which is different from other temples.
After the worship at Puji Temple, the worship process on the first day of the lunar calendar ends.
This day is a special day for the Taiwanese and it is a new beginning.
Perhaps you can come to Taiwan to see different religions and cultures on this day, and have different experiences.
- Wen Chang Temple
No. 9, Ln. 45, Minsheng W. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
- Xingtian Temple
No. 109, Sec. 2, Minquan E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
- Puji Temple
No. 100, Huayin St., Datong Dist., Taipei City 103, Taiwan (R.O.C.)