Taichung Sights and Landmarks Guide, Taiwan
Taichung boasts of notable landmarks that best describe its historic and cultural significance in Taiwan. Most of Taichung Sights are in close proximity to one another, so getting around the city is convenient and comfortable to its visitors. Add to that, Taichung is renowned as the cleanest city in all of Taiwan.
Taichung Sights – Famous Spots
Taichung is famous all over Taiwan as the island’s cultural capital. As such, amidst the busy modern city lie many of the most popular historical and cultural sites. Taking a look at some will allow you to compare it with the remarkable Taipei Sights.
Taichung Railway Station. Built in 1917 and a product of the Meiji Movement, Taichung Railway Station is a major city landmark and stands as a symbol of the development of the city. Its building structure resembles the Japanese Imperial Governor-General's Office in Taipei. In 1995, the station was designated as Class 2 National Historical site and it is still functional to date.
Taichung City Hall. Originally built as the ‘Taichung State Building’ in 1924, Taichung City Hall is regarded as the most sophisticated structures built during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Only after the Nationalist Government took over Taiwan in 1949 that the structure was renamed Taichung City Hall.
Zhongshan (Taichung) Park. Regarded as one of the longest standing natural areas in Taichung, the famous park consists mostly of the scenic Jih-Yueh Lake. In the middle of the lake sits Chung-cheng Pavilion, a notable landmark built to remember the finishing of the north-south railway in 1908.
Chishan Gate. It is a gateway to the south built by Lai Tsung-jen in 1924. Its name translates as ‘Accumulated Good Gate,’ which encourages the later generations to do goodwill.
Taichung Sights – Temples
Many important religious temples are scattered over Taichung. Most of them are historic and have stood through the events that happened in the course of the city’s relatively short history.
Pao Chueh Buddhist Temple. This temple features the gold, seven-storey high smiling Buddha dedicated to the Buddha Maitreya. A Japanese Shinto shrine is also found inside the temple grounds.
Wen Chang Temples. There are two WenChang Temples in Taichung, one each in the BeiTun and NanTun districts. These temples are famous among students praying for good results during examinations as these temples are dedicated to the Scholar God.
Le Cheng Temple. A temple dedicated to the goddess Mazu, LeCheng Temple has stood for over two hundred years and is more known locally as Heihsi Matsu Temple. An added attraction to this temple is its collection of numerous artifacts like the incense burner which was made in 1828.
Confucius Temple and Martyr's Shrine. The Confucius Temple structure was built to resemble the Song Dynasty-style palace. During Confucius’ birthday, every September 28, a dawn ceremony is held in honor of the great philosopher. Besides it, the Martyr’s Temple, designed and built in traditional Chinese palace-style, is dedicated to the patriotic heroes who died for the Republic of China.
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