Longqi WenHeng Temple
Taiwan has more than 4,000 temples across the nation, including Confucianist, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian churches, and Muslim mosques. I have visited quite a few while growing up in Taiwan, Longqi WenHeng Temple 龍崎文衡殿 is the one that stood out in these few years, the temple has the “step outside the box” mentality and embraces multiculturalism.
The Longqi Wenheng Temple, built-in 1998, is located in Longqi District Tainan City in Taiwan. It was initially constructed as a simple temple, it was later transformed into a magnificent piece of architecture under the sponsorship of a construction company owner. He donates part his fortune and personal art collections to the temple. He spent two decades building a family-friendly “neighborhood” to give back to society. Temple provides free space for cyclists to rest, children to run around, street artists to perform, and anyone to have tea.
According to the local news, the founder once saw his great-grandchildren playing an ironman toy, he became curious and eventually brought in the first set of real size Ironman figures to the temple. For this reason, it attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Temple currently features:
- Captain America – The Avengers
- Iron Patriots
- The Hulk
- Elsa & Olaf
Inside Longqi Wenheng Temple and the museum next to it holds many famous works by the renowned woodcarver, Chen Zheng-Hsiung, and master of Koji pottery, Lin Kuang-Yi.
Chinese New Year
Every Chinese New Year Longi Wenheng Temple hands out thousands of red envelop enclosed with lucky money: a bill worth NT$100 or about 3 Euro. Many visitors arrive early in the morning to ensure a lucky spot.
Annual Fall Festival
The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the birthday of Wenheng temple. Temple members from other cities start to arrive in the afternoon, joining to celebrate this special day. Temple host 800 tables of an outdoor feast that are reserved in advance.
Longqi Wenheng temple worships Guan Gong. Temple invited the Master 3D Artist Kurt Wenner to created a Guan Gong’s Three Kingdom story by using oil paints with a new production process, it has attracted thousands of visitors to the temple and widely covered by the local media.
The temple attempt at integrating elements of Taiwanese traditional religion, and popular culture, combing the eastern and the western art. This is the first time been done in Taiwan and internationally, making it a unique destination to visit for anyone.
The most convenient way to reach the temple is by driving. There are several attractions in Longqi district that are also worth to explore; bus number from Tainan central station to Lonqi Wenheng temple: no. Red 11 and Red 12.
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Address: No.3-2, Zhongkeng, Longqi Dist., Tainan City 719, Taiwan (R.O.C.)