With 15,000 and counting, there is a temple for every god and even one for a dog. Storehouses of history, display rooms for traditional art, marketplaces, recreation centers, and of course, vibrant houses of worship, temples are a quintessential part of Taiwan’s living folk culture. The basic characteristics of any temple building are a raised platform that forms the base for a wood post-and-beam frame. This frame is held together by interlocking pieces (no nails or glue are used) and supports a curved roof with overhanging eaves. Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian temples share the same architectural features, but Buddhist temples generally have fewer images and less elaborate decorations. Confucian temples are always walled complexes, and Taoist and folk temples are loud, both in noise level and decoration. Temple decorative arts include cochin pottery, wood carving, painting and jiănniàn, figurines decorated with colored shards like 3D mosaics.