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The Most Beautiful Temple in Taiwan

The first time we ever visited Taiwan, we only had 5 days to see some of the highlights this country had to offer. So, we decided it would be best to just explore the capital, Taipei. It poured rain every single day we were there! However amazingly, we had an awesome time! The people were extremely nice, the food was very delicious, and the tourist attractions were definitely worth a visit. We told ourselves, if we ever wanted to teach English in a different country besides Korea, we would do it in Taiwan. After our one year World Trip, we made our dream come true by living in Taiwan for a year.

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Now, after visiting the various temples throughout the country, I definitely think the Mengjia Longshan Temple in Taipei, is the most beautiful temple in Taiwan. This temple is an excellent example of Taiwanese classical architecture that has southern Chinese influences. The first time I saw it was during our initial trip to Taipei and the temple looked gorgeous among the crowds of people holding colourful umbrellas.

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The intricate designs inside and outside the temple make it very special. The rooftops of the temple are decorated with various serpents and animals.

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The main shrine inside the temple is highly ornate and thus beautiful. Devotees pray to both Buddhist and Taoist deities at this temple.

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Lanterns are hung within corridors that have extensively elaborate carvings on the ceiling.

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There are unique and beautiful fountains and waterfalls found on the outdoor grounds of the temple.

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Video: Crowds of worshippers gather at Mengjia Longshan Temple during the Lunar New Year.

Himeji Castle: One of Japan’s most Exotic Castles

Japan is an exotic country with a lot beautiful buildings, temples, and castles. While we were in Kyoto, Japan, we were determined to visit at least one Japanese castle. We eventually decided to ride the train to a small city called Himeji, which is located in the Kansai region of Japan. It was time to visit the largest, most popular, and best preserved castle in all of Japan!

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This is Himeji Castle. It is also referred to as Hakuro-jō (“White Egret Castle”) or Shirasagi-jō (“White Heron Castle”) because the castle’s white exterior design supposedly resembles a bird taking flight.

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The Himeji Castle, is one of the three premier castles in all of Japan. In fact, Himeji Castle, is regarded as an excellent example of Japanese castle architecture. It was also named as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan.

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I found the white exterior of the castle beautiful. The castle complex was fairly large, so we spent a few hours exploring both the outdoor walkways and interior. At the top floor of the castle, we found this small shrine. The views from the top of the castle were also very spectacular!

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If you have time for only one castle while in Japan, I would definitely recommend the Himeji Castle. It is simply beautiful!