Travel blogs and guide books will insist that you visit at least one temple during your stay in Taiwan while others will say there is 'more' to Taiwan than just temples. I tend to believe that you can visit as many of the county's beautiful museums as you want, but you'll never learn as much about this country as you will by visiting a temple or two.
Temples in Taiwan are the perfect places to visit if you are keen to learn about the complexities of Taiwanese culture, language, history and identity.
Sure, you'll be able to learn some of this stuff in museums, but the temples in this country are what I like to call 'living museums' which represent Taiwan's relationship with its history but also its future.
There are few places in the world where you can find several different religions practicing peacefully and harmoniously under the same roof. Taiwanese people predominately practice a mix of Taoism, Buddhism and Folk Religion as well being extremely tolerant of the many different faiths which have been imported into the country over the years.
The mixture of the big three faiths however is a special relationship that has been forged out of necessity and mutual respect making the temples in this country a one-stop shop for all your spiritual and philosophical needs.
Taipei Big Three Temples (台北三大廟門):
Bangka Big Three Temples (艋舺三大廟門):
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