Wanhua temples Travels

Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:
Hi, I'm Michella! And this is my friend...

Michael Turton, American Expat:
Michael! I'm here today to welcome you to one of my favorite places in Taiwan. The heart of traditional religion in Taipei, Wanhua!

Wanhua was once the most prosperous part of Taipei. Today in some ways it still is. There・s an abundance of culture and energy here. And this is the breakfast of Wanhua champions: congee cooked with broth made from pork, chicken, fried scallions, dried shrimp, tofu and lots of other secret ingredients.

Fueled and ready to go, our first stop is this restored historical street that dates back to the Qing dynasty.

Around the corner from Bopiliao is the famous Longshan Temple, which houses deities from Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Worshippers sought refuge here for their Confucian and Taoist gods during the Japanese occupation when the government tried to rid influence of Chinese culture. Now people come here to pray for anything from achieving inner peace to doing well on exams to finding their soul mate.

Next to Longshan Temple is a tiny but very interesting street that most people miss. This street has been lined with medicinal herb shops, kind of like a street of pharmacies, for centuries.

There are two other major temples in Wanhua, lesser known, but just as worthy a visit. This is Qingshui Temple, originally worshipped by people from Anxi, China. And this is Qingshan Temple, where immigrants from Quanzhou used to pray.
If you・re looking for an adventure, check out Huaxi Street Night Market. The main attraction here is...snake meat.

Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:Snake barbecue.
Michael Turton, American Expat:Tastes like chicken.
Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:Tastes like chicken?
Michael Turton, American Expat:It・s good.
Michella Jade Weng, Presenter:Really?
Michael Turton, American Expat:Uh huh.

Michael Turton, American Expat:
I really like coming to Wanhua. It・s got that great Taiwan flavor, that great old Taipei flavor. Bopiliao was fantastic - very atmospheric, very traditional. It・s really just a wonderful place just to hang out and soak up that good Taiwan feeling.



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