Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple

The Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple (Chinese: 日月潭文武廟; pinyin: Rìyuètán Wénwǔ Miào) is a Wen Wu temple located on the perimeter of Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan.

Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple
日月潭文武廟
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Location
LocationYuchi, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple is located in Nantou County
Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple
Shown within Nantou County
Geographic coordinates23°52′11.9″N 120°55′38.9″E / 23.869972°N 120.927472°E / 23.869972; 120.927472Coordinates: 23°52′11.9″N 120°55′38.9″E / 23.869972°N 120.927472°E / 23.869972; 120.927472
Architecture
TypeWen Wu temple
Completed1938 (original building)
1969 (current building)
Website
Official website (in Chinese)

HistoryEdit

Previously, two temples were located on the coast of Sun Moon Lake. In 1919, the Japanese colonial government constructed a dam to generate hydroelectric power, causing the lake's water level to rise. The two temples were subsequently torn down and consolidated at the temple's present location in 1938.[1]

After the Japanese handed over Taiwan to the Republic of China in 1945, the government invested in developing tourism around the lake. Wen Wu temple was rebuilt again in 1969, increasing its size and constructing it in the Chinese palace style.[2]

ArchitectureEdit

The temple consists of three halls. The first hall, located on the second floor of the front hall, is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature. The central hall is devoted to Lord Guan, the Martial God, and the another Martial God, Lord Yue. The rear hall is dedicated to Confucius. Chinese guardian lions are located in front of the temple, one male and one female. Lions have not been found at Wen Wu Temples in Mainland China.

TransportationEdit

The temple is accessible by bus from Taipei Railway Station, Taichung TRA station, or THSR Taichung Station.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple". Taiwan, the Heart of Asia. 23 June 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple". roundTAIWANround. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

Official websiteEdit