Old Japanese Martial Arts Academy
This sleek and poised Japanese building next to the Confucius Temple was a butokuden , a place where the Japanese taught and promoted...
This antique arch used to be the outermost gateway to the Confucius Temple but became separated from the temple after Nanmen Rd was...
National Museum of Taiwanese Literature
This serious and excellent museum details the development of Taiwanese literature from the time of the pre-Han indigenous peoples to the...
Lily Fruit Shop
Across from the Confucius Temple is this well-known shop serving delicious bàobīng (刨冰; shaved ice and fruit) and fruit drinks.
A Xia Restaurant
This worthy modern restaurant is popular venue for weddings. It's a good place to try more elaborate restaurant-type dishes such as the...
2 Nanmen Rd; 南門路2號 · interesting places nearby
Confucius Temple information
Confucius temples usually exude the calm, grace and dignified beauty of the best of Chinese traditional culture and this, the first such temple in Taiwan, does not disappoint. A solemn Confucius Memorial Ceremony takes place here on 28 September every year and a smaller one on the spring equinox (春分), around 21 March.
Entry to the temple grounds is free, but you must pay to enter the palace area. Look out for the stone tablet on the right as you enter the Edification Hall. It explains the school rules (the site was once a centre for Confucian studies), such as prohibition of gambling, drinking and cheating.
The temple is part of a larger cultural zone that includes the Old Japanese Martial Arts Academy , a renovated Japanese dojo built in 1926 and once used to train the colonial police force.
Across the street from the temple entrance is a stone arch that was crafted by masons in Quanzhou, Fujian, in 1777. It's now the gateway to a pedestrianised street filled with cafes and small eateries.