Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
Historical Taipei & Temples
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Travel to Pao-An Temple, dedicated to Pashen Tati, the god of medicine in local folk religion. The temple was built more than 230 years ago. It is one of the island's oldest and contains many ornate and intricate carvings. Look closely at the columns decorated with ferocious, writhing dragons and marvel at the ceilings adorned with woodcarvings of lions, flowers and figures from Chinese mythology.
You will also see the Confucius Temple, dedicated to the great Chinese philosopher whose teachings still influence modern Chinese life today.
Continue to Lin An-Tai -- an old house with a Chinese courtyard and elegant decorations. This is one of the few traditional houses remaining in northern Taiwan. The Lin family came to Taiwan in the 18th century and engaged in trade in northern Taiwan. With the money they made, they built a house and named it. The crescent-shaped pond in front of the building was used for defense, for raising fish, for firefighting, as a water supply, and to moderate the surrounding temperature. Today, the house is more than 160 years old and is the best-preserved and -maintained Chinese-era house in Taipei.
A stop at Dihua Street gives you time to explore the 150-year-old business street and trade center. It's still the most popular place in Taipei for local residents to buy snacks and sweets for Chinese New Year festivities.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.