Not Your Ordinary Temple – Unusual Tzude Temple in Caotun, Taiwan [with Video]

[A Tour of Tzude Temple – check out my video below]

Pinterest Discovery

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.

The Reason Why My Camera Lens Wasn't Clean in the Video - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Reason Why My Camera Lens Wasn’t Clean in the Video – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Temple from a Distance - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Temple from a Distance – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Dragon Pillar [I guess that is what you could call it] - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Dragon Pillar [I guess that is what you could call it] – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The View from the Temple Grounds - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The View from the Temple Grounds – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Looking Up from the Road - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Looking Up from the Road – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]

Location

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.

[For directions, click here. A big shout out to Todd of The Daily Bubble Tea for providing the map.]

What's Hidden Beneath the Straw Hat - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
What’s Hidden Beneath the Straw Hat – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Roof from the Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Roof from the Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Roof from the Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Roof from the Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Inside Looking Out - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Inside Looking Out – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]

The Temple

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.

Another Dragon Photo [because you can never have too many] - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Another Dragon Photo [because you can never have too many] – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Dragon Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Dragon Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Close-Up of the Dragon - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Close-Up of the Dragon – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Dragons and Sky - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Dragons and Sky – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
So Many Dragons - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
So Many Dragons – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Back, Looking Forward [2] - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Back, Looking Forward [2] – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Phoenix Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
The Phoenix Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
So Many Dragons - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
So Many Dragons – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Phoenixes Galore - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Phoenixes Galore – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Another photo of the Phoenix Side - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Another photo of the Phoenix Side – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Phoenix Photo [taken by my other half] - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Phoenix Photo [taken by my other half] – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]

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.

Lanterns and the Temple - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
Lanterns and the Temple – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Back, Looking Forward - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
From the Back, Looking Forward – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
And Yet Another Dragon One - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
And Yet Another Dragon One – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Close-Up of the Dragon - Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]
A Close-Up of the Dragon – Tzude Temple, Taiwan [located in Caotun, Nantou County]

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41 thoughts on “Not Your Ordinary Temple – Unusual Tzude Temple in Caotun, Taiwan [with Video]

  1. That is a very nice video, Constance. Very smooth camera action. The Tzude temple looks magnificent and such interesting architecture. The roof does look like a farmer’s hat, the hats the farmers who plant rice in the paddy fields where. I’m amazed by the amount of colour around the temple. I thought the grey sky was a great contrast to the colours – and it didn’t look like it was too hot to walk around and admire the temple 🙂

    1. Thanks so much. I was quite happy with the end product – the video was a little shaky in places but YouTube fixed all of that [all you needed to do it click the button.] It was fun to shoot and put together.

      We went there around the beginning of September and it was actually very, very hot that day. Luckily, the sun wasn’t shining or not it would have been extremely hot.

      The temple was very cool. I like things that are unusual and not the norm, and this temple definitely fit into this category.

  2. Wow this is an incredible beautiful temple! I have seen my fair share of temples in China, but when I saw the pictures you posted it just caught my eye! I really love all the little details and figures and sculptures! Really would love to visit one day 🙂

  3. The dragon tower reminds of a totem pole with the main temple reminding me of Salvation Mountain in California which the guy Leonard Knight started building 30 years ago! The birds tails near the roses look like imprints of ivy when you pull it off! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. You did a wonderful job with the photos and video, Constance. Thank you for sharing another place of interest. I wonder who built the temple and why. It’s a strange place, a bit bizarre and overdone for my taste.

  5. An igloo shaped temple is probably the most unusual not just in Taiwan but the entire world! I’m mind-blown! I can’t imagine why someone would build such a traditional building in such an unusual shape. But those dragon carvings are really something to look at..

  6. Oh my, what a riot of colour! I know you said it was 3D but I hadn’t realized it was THAT three-dimensional until I watched your video. I am really looking forward to experiencing Taiwan one day and learning more about the cultures there. Is it a temple to Lord Buddha, or something other?

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the video. I am very new at filming and compiling videos, so I am happy to hear you took the time to watch it and it provided a different perspective.

      This is a Taoist temple. I hope you get to see it for yourself someday.

  7. Very intricate and out of the ordinary. Great that you got to see the real thing after coming across a picture of it in Pinterest.

  8. This temple is absolutely stunning Constance! I’m not surprised you were determine to check it out yourself after seeing pictures of it and your photos are lovely. I find the colours and sense of textures so appealing ☺

  9. This is quite an unusual temple, Constance. Very odd looking. I’d love to visit Taiwan someday. Your colors are unbelievably beautiful. Thank you for joining us for #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  10. This is beautiful! I love all the colors and details here. I thought it would be a lot older than it looks. It’s a shame not many people are there to appreciate this. The views don’t look bad either. I’m glad you sought this out and who can blame you.

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