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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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Address: No. 2 Jhongtai Road | Puli, Nantou 54544, Taiwan
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Impressive museum and temple- make advance reservation

The temple and related complex reportedly cost more than US $600 million to build and is very beautiful and impressive. If you wish to also see the pagoda and other higher floors... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

Get a guide and enjoy the sheer size, beauty and serenity of the monastery. It will mkke you think and reflect. Impressive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

The temple and related complex reportedly cost more than US $600 million to build and is very beautiful and impressive. If you wish to also see the pagoda and other higher floors, you must now visit the website at least 3 days in advance and make reservation (the Buddhist nuns were not accomodating in any way when we tried to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

This monastery is absolutely huge and very modern. You are able to organise a guide from the monastery to share information with you. They have an english speaking guide also who was available when we arrived. It was very interesting to understand the different parts of the halls. The museum is also worth a visit even if only for peace... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013 via mobile

A pity though I did not have the time to view the musuem but the energy there is positive with a soul cleansing feel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

Very grand and majestic monastery. A lot of statues to look at and read about. Nice to spend some time in it. We had fun taking pictures of kids with the statues.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

You don't need to be a Buddhist to appreciate the splendor of this temple. If you happen to be a Buddhist then you MUST check it out. To get the full tour Fax ahead and arrange a tour with the lovely English speaking staff. It was surprisingly uncrowed. The restaurant was lovely as well.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

it was huge and quite a sight. the only disappointing part was that very few halls are open to visitors and it did not take us long to finish seeing the place.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Is a pretty good hike up the steps for the less mobile members of our group.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

The highlight of my visit was the museum which has the best collection of Buddhist artifacts I've ever seen. Numerous beautiful pieces worthy of display in the National Palace museum. Very well curated, great environment and excellent English descriptions. I'm amazed that this museum wasn't crowded at all when we visited - truly a hidden gem. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

The huge building in the middle of no where seems to be the main draw for tourists and we certainly wouldn't dispute that. It is a magnificent building with close attention to every detail that will create a peaceful and reflective atmosphere. But on our recent visit it was our English language tour that really took things to an inspiring... More 

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