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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.

To Braid or Not to Braid?

Traveling isn’t only about visiting the most wonderful sites in the world or meeting new people, it is also about trying new things for yourself. The story I am about to tell you today, begins in Jerusalem, Israel. About 3 months into our one-year World Trip, I met this very nice Canadian girl, who convinced me of the value and convenience of having braided hair while traveling. Not having to style your hair everyday because it would already be neat and tidy sounded very pleasing to me. I had made up my mind, and at the first opportunity I would braid my hair.

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About 5 months later, while I was in Thailand, the opportunity arose. I spent the next 2 hours, sitting at Khao san road, a famous tourist street in central Bangkok, getting my hair braided. I was extremely excited, since this was the first time in my life I would be getting braids.

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In Indonesia in particular, for some reason the locals really loved my braids. I was very surprised by all the compliments.

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Believe it or not, I kept the braids for almost 2 months! When our World Trip ended in Malaysia, I decided it was time to take out the braids. Over the weeks, the braids had gotten pretty tangled and I hate to admit it but my hair had become very dry too. The nightmare was about to begin. I remember sitting in my room in Kuala Lumpur trying very hard to undo my braids. But, it was a disaster, my hair was so tangled at the back. I really did not want to cut my hair short, so despite my frustration, I was determined to untangle those ugly knots. It took the whole day with Jason’s help to finally untangle my hair.

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The next day, I headed to the hairdresser inside the Petronas Twin Towers, and got a nice haircut. I felt refreshed. What did I learn? As much as braids can be convenient during traveling, the price you have to pay afterwards is just so high.