When it’s just 2022 miles away from home… (Confucius Temple)

By NoemiJay
Guest writing original post 
Hey guys, I’m back here once again for the next introduction on a spot in Taipei! As you can see from the MRT map below, we are now heading downwards along the Tamsui-Xinyi line (Red Line). Our next station would be Yuan Shan (“圆山”) station.

Taipei Metro Map

What’s on at Yuan Shan (“圆山”) station? I bet you guys know about Confucius when it comes to studies. It is a belief that by praying to Confucius, you are blessed and you would have a smoother journey towards obtaining your goal to excel in your studies. My parents, being believers, will bring me to the temple to pray Confucius for better grades in school, especially during examination period when I was young. That was how I learnt about Confucius. So who is Confucius? He was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure born in 551 B.C. in the Lu State of China.
Photo of Confucius
I decided to check out the Confucius Temple and to ask for blessings for my examinations and all. To get to the temple, alight at Yuan Shan station, exit 2 to Kulun Street.  At the exit, there was a bus interchange station and we were greeted by cute figurines from the opposite side.
Outside Yuan Shan MRT station exit 2
As you walk on, along Kulun Street, the cloudy sky greets you warmly. Sometimes I wonder, why we do not have such beautiful skies back home. But well, in fact we do have beautiful skies back home too. Just that we did not lift our heads up to enjoy the view, or probably when we lift our heads up, we got blinded by the sunrays. Yes, no doubt about that, the pasture is always greener on the other side. The logic just flows this way, sad but true. Here goes the pictures I have snapped along the way to the temple.
Views along Kulun Street
As you walked on down the road to a cross junction, you will see road signs indicating the Confucius temple. When you cross the road, there is a convenience store at the corner. I have to highlight that the convenience stores in Taiwan, namely 7-11, is one of the must go places when you visit Taiwan! The food and beverages they sell are superb and yummy. It is different from those you see in Singapore. So yes, another point taken. Visit their convenience stores when you visit Taiwan!
Road sign towards Confucius Temple
Cross Junction along Kulun Street
While waiting to cross the traffic light, I turned to my back to grab a view of the Yuan Shan MRT station and I was mesmerised by the view of the sky. It makes me feel serene and calm. Take a look at it and you will know why.
View of Yuan Shan MRT station
While enjoying the clear blue sky view, do remember to look out for the traffic as well. Walk on further until you see a tablet with 4 Chinese letters on it [萬仞宮牆].
Along the way to Confucius Temple

Outside Confucius Temple
Before entering the temple, there are 3 statues outside:    The three wise monkeys where they embody the proverb, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. It means “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.
Outside Confucius Temple – See Speak Hear no evil
See no evil
Speak no evil
Hear no evil
Before we reach the temple, we have to pass through the administration office. The restrooms are at the back of this building. At the side, you can see plants with signs indicating what they are. Just like the sweet olive plant, also known as osmanthus. We get to drink osmanthus tea almost everywhere in Taiwan. It not only comes in beverage form, we have osmanthus cakes too. It is known that osmanthus help to dispel cold and dampness in the body. It also ease menstrual pain as well as regular stomach pain. A must try for ladies who experience cramps during their period!
Administration office in Confucius temple
Sweet Olive plant
Confucius Temple
When we enter temples, we would expect to see incense papers, joss sticks and other offerings. As Confucius was not a deity, there is no offerings in the temple. At the gate, there is a box where we can deposit our examination schedules to ask for blessings for good results. Not only has the deposit box, there is also an area where we can purchase a wooden plaque to hang it on the walls in the temple. Yet another form to seek blessing for good results. Look, I’ve got mine up there!
Wooden plaques in Confucius temple
Before I leave the temple, I made a trip to the souvenir shop and guess what I found! A roly poly toy with Confucius holding an “ALL PASS” plate! I bought one home for keepsake and made it as a good luck gift for myself. It keeps the positive spirit high too!
Confucius “ALL PASS” roly poly
Taipei Confucius Temple
No. 275, Dalong St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
+886 2 2592 3934
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 am-9:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
I hope you enjoyed the journey to the Taipei Confucius Temple. You can walk around the area and explore for more adventures. Upon your return, you can also make a trip to the Taipei Expo Park which is just beside Yuan Shan MRT station to see what event is on over there. They have flower exhibitions on certain period of the year too, depending on the season.

Thank you for your time and stay tuned for the next introduction on other parts of Taipei!

Till then, be happy, strong and healthy to travel and discover more corners of the world that would surprise you in a different way.

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