Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple), Beitou

#6 of 115 in Historic Sites in Taipei
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Dating back to 1661, Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) stands as a mixed Taoist and Buddhist temple dedicated to both Mazu, Goddess of the Sea, and Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy. On a hill, this immense temple’s upper levels and gardens provide expansive views over the riverfront below. Inside, find examples of exquisite workmanship: intricate decorations of stone lions, dragon pillars, wall sculptures and carvings. The complex includes smaller temples and sanctuaries and even a cave along the side. Brace yourself to climb countless stairs, though. If you enjoy the smell of incense, observe people praying. To escape the crowds of worshippers and tourists, take a stroll in the park behind the temple or along the riverside path. Put Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) and other Taipei attractions into our Taipei trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited this very large and beautiful temple during the CNY celebrations; it was an exciting place to visit, and truly lovely. Definitely visit; it's a bit of a subway ride from central Taipei but...  more »
  • I saw this temple mentioned in an article about ‘off the beaten track ‘ Taipei. I am SO glad I went . It isn’t close the centre but it is totally worth it. Make sure you explore every nook and...  more »
  • The best and most beautiful place I saw in Taipei in 4 days.Lots to see and you can spend there a lot of time. Mostly local people there. Many places to sit down and enjoy the river or temple view from the top of the hill and many gardens halfway there. Highly recommended.
  • The best temple that we visited in Taipei. Large, multilevel complex that astounds with colour and detailed carving, including on top of the roof. Make sure you explore the tunnels and the garden at the back of the temple. We took the Metro and then a 80 NTD taxi ride in from the station.
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