Taiwan Preview 4 – Longshan Temple

As mentioned in one of the previous posts, the last couple times I’ve been in Taiwan I enjoyed visiting temples. When I was in Taipei for about a week two years ago, I spent most of a day at the famous Longshan Temple (also spelled Lungshan). It rained constantly that day, which made a good excuse not to be out wandering the streets, so I hung out until early evening and observed. Having been to a number of temples now, I’ve noticed that people there are usually quite focused on their prayers and not as easily distracted by a photographer as I expected. Maybe hanging around for several hours and the fact that Longshan is a significant tourist attraction visited by lots of camera-toting visitors also helped here. But I still always get a feeling that I’m distracting the people I’m trying to observe, and being a tall foreigner with a couple big cameras certainly doesn’t help me become inconspicuous, at least not in Taiwan. Over the course of my visit to Longshan, I was approached by a couple people, though they were more interested to find out what interested me about the temple, and by extension, religion, than to lay down any kind of rules. One was even kind enough to give me a small booklet about the temple.

By the end of the day I amassed about 1500 images, 1100 of those just from the temple, which made for a colossal editing session. It’s by no means the definitive Longshan photo essay, but considering I was there for maybe only six hours, I’m pretty happy with the results. BTW, The images are sorted in chronological order rather than in any special manner…

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