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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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Address: No. 2 Jhongtai Road | Puli, Nantou 54544, Taiwan
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A huge monastery

We feel quite conflicted by the monastery. On one hand its scale and ambition is huge and the architecture is amazing. On the other hand the amount that it cost to build (our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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grenoble
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited this monastery in April 2017 with colleagues of the Asian University of Taichung. The place is wonderful in the heart of a green landscape. The 1st floor is a very big hall with huge statues (four Kings) and buddhas or boddhisatvas (could the boudhist people excuse me - I am not a specialist). The other floors can... More 

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Darlington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We feel quite conflicted by the monastery. On one hand its scale and ambition is huge and the architecture is amazing. On the other hand the amount that it cost to build (our guide book quotes an estimated cost of £110m US dollars) seems at odds with Buddhism. Make sure to book a tour in advance if you wish to... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Per our tour guide, this was some special Buddhist temple that we were visiting. So when we got here, it was a surprise to see this place as more a monastery that was not the typical Buddhist temple that we were expecting. The place was well kept, and clean. I gave it 3 stars as it was simply not very... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

One of the top three temples in Asia in my opinion, along with Todai-ji Temple in Nara and Fa Men Temple in Xi'an. Been to all three each have their lineage and history worth a visit if in the area for sure it's gigantic

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I was told the monks and nuns here have degrees and double degrees, it's very modern and luxurious. It's really peaceful and nice environment. You can see people holding signs reminding you to keep quiet and not to make any noise.

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Thank XavierShoot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great monastery. There was a museum that was closed when we happen to go. However check out the main hall for some very interesting statues.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

The politics and negative discourses of the expense aside, this is a very impressive structure. I found the 'Hall of the Four Heavenly Kings' (quiet please!) to be the most impressive, the figures are huge. The gardens, of which there are several, are very intricately designed, the bell pavilion is a nice spot for a photo or two.

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Itabashi, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

It's a huge modern temple, it's impressive. There are huge statues and nice garden with a friendship bridge Taipei China.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

If you are going to visit the Monastery make sure that you take a guided tour so that you can learn about how and why the Monastery was built, the buildings surrounding the Monastery and also get a view into the areas of the Monastery closed to the public. The guides are very knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge... More 

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Union City, California
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Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

This is one of four main Buddha Temples in Taiwan. The temple is huge and very luxurious with a lot of very precious woods. It has a branch in Lafayette (near Walnut Creek,CA). It claims to be Zen branch which is somewhat odd. Zen ranch tends to be simple and low profile. It becomes a tourist spot and has way... More 

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