[A Tour of Tzude Temple – check out my video below]
I first discovered a picture of this temple on Pinterest and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was definitely something that jumped off the page and commanded my attention.
Because it is not your ordinary temple.
And from first glance, it was settled! I just had to check this place out for myself.
Tzude Temple [慈德宮] stands above Caotun, a town located in Nantou County, Taiwan. It is a bit of a steep climb to get there, as the road seems to have very upward incline at a near vertical angle.
But, you know you are getting closer when the red lanterns line each side of road.
Like I said before, Tzude Temple [Cide Temple] is the most unusual temple I have ever seen in Taiwan.
It has a bamboo hat as a roof in the front, maybe giving a tip of a hat to the farmers of the area and the rest of Taiwan. The ceiling reminds me of a fine China plate with paintings of gods capturing your attention as you look up.
The rest of the temple has 3D dragons scaling and popping out on one side and the other side is adorn and decorated with 3D phoenixes. The sides are showing their age as the colors have faded with time, but some may argue that it just adds character to the place.
The back of the temple has a flower facing forward. If you follow my blog, then you know I love flowers and I was very happy to see this big floral beauty covering the outside exterior of the temple.
There are also several dragon and god statues located behind the temple. You can also follow the short set of stairs that gives you a view of the temple from a higher vantage point.
Some Personal Remarks
It seems that this temple is a forgotten place. When we were there, a total of three people [beside us] visited Tzude Temple. I assumed that two of them were the ones caring for the temple and one came to have a chat.
The area is just lovely. If you listen carefully, you can hear the surrounding nature in the video.
My husband chatted to one of the men while I shot some extra footage of the place. During the conversation, he found out that the temple was about 30 years old.
I really can’t say much more about the place. I think I will let the video and the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Have you ever visited something different or unusual? Please let me know in the comment box below.
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