Visit the spiritual heart of Taiwan, the Mengjia Longshan Temple, which was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian as a gathering place for Chinese settlers. Located in the old village part of Taipei, Wanhua District, this temple has stood the test of time and lasted through several natural disasters and wars. While most temples worldwide and here in Taiwan are often dedicated to one deity or one religion, Longshan Temple is a wonderful mix of the Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian faiths.
We will begin our live-streamed experience from the main gate of the temple. Here, we will admire the facade and its many lanterns adorned with animals representing different years according to the Chinese calendar. We will enter the temple from the gate on the right, known as Dragon Entrance or Dragon's Mouth, and follow the worshippers' path.
Inside, I will show you the various dragons and tell you more about the gods they each represent. You will also learn about the offerings favoured by each god, which range between incense, flowers, fruits, and candies. Walking around, I will also introduce you to the main traditional ceremony performed in this temple - devotees come here primarily to seek good fortune, health, and even guidance in marriage. Finally, we will exit the temple from the Tiger Entrance (Tiger's Mouth) on the left side, ensuring a complete tour of the temple and having gained an understanding of its religious and cultural significance.