Sep 19, 2015

The Confucius Temple of Kaohsiung | Taiwan

This lovely postcard was sent by Ming Jung from Taiwan via postcrossing [TW-1697292]. It shows the Confucius Temple of Kaohsiung. She writes: "Taiwan's total area is about 14400 square miles. It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the Southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Start from China - an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean."

The Confucius Temple of Kaohsiung (Chinese: 高雄孔子廟; pinyin: Gāoxióng Kǒngzǐ Miào) is a temple dedicated to the memory of Confucius near Lotus Lake, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The temple was originally constructed in 1684, and renovated during the Qing dynasty. However, during the Japanese colonial period, the temple fell into disuse and disrepair. Only the Chongh Sheng shrine remained intact, and can be seen on the west side the Old City Elementary School. A new temple was constructed in 1977, now on the northwest corner of Lotus Lake. The new design was based on the Liu Song dynasty temple design as well as the design of the Qufu Temple of  Confucius. [wikipedia]

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