Guandu Temple Guandu Temple Guandu Temple Guandu Temple Guandu Temple Guandu Temple Guandu Temple About a 15-minute walk from Guandu MRT Station is the Guandu Temple. The temple, first built in 1661, is dedicated to Mazu, goddess of the sea. Beside the temple is a kind of Buddhist chapel dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Guanyin of Thousand Arms and Eyes. Outside the temple there are numerous stalls selling products such as spirit money used in religious observances, as well as snack foods and souvenirs. The hillside above the temple provides excellent views of the river and the mangrove swamps. The dike that stretches from Guandu in both directions toward Taipei and Tamsui is an ideal place to take a stroll or enjoy the scenic beauty afforded by the wide expanse of the river. Founded in 1661, this is the oldest Mazu (goddess of the sea) temple in northern Taiwan; its original name was "Ling-shan (Mt. Ling) Temple," since it is located atop Mt. Ling. According to legend, in 1895 three old banyan trees standing at the temple's entrance died suddenly during the same night; local residents believed that this might have been a message from Mazu warning of impending disaster- and sure enough, the area was soon occupied by the Japanese. Guandu temple is filled with exquisitely carved dragon pillars, stone lions, and wall sculptures. Even the door gods are in the form of relief carvings, in contrast to the usual paintings. The rafters and beams are also beautifully carved and painted. On the main altar sits an image of Mazu, the benign expression on her face in sharp contrast to the fierce visages of the guardians who flank her, Eyes that See a Thousand Miles and Ears that Hear on the Wind. To the right of the temple is an 80 meter Buddha cave, at the entrance of which is a symbolic mortar that is supposedly able to suppress all evil. The sides of the cave are lined by 28 devas, and at the rear is a thousand armed, thousand-eyed Guanyin, or goddess of Mercy. To the rear of Guanyin is the cave's exit and a fine river view. Taipei City Related sites National ParkYangmingshan National ParkSceneryTaipei Flora Expo ParkTaipei ArenaDaan ParkTaipei ZooTaipei Botanical GardenPresidential Office BuildingMaokong GondolaGuandu Nature ParkThe Blue HighwayTaipei 101Jianguo Holiday Flower Market / Jade MarketMiramar Entertainment Park Ferris WheelZhishan Cultural and Ecological GardenNight Market/SnackWufenpu Garment Wholesale AreaShilin Night MarketHuaxi Street Night MarketRaohe Street Tourist Night MarketGuanghua Market-Consumer ElectronicsDihua Street--Lunar New Year Shopping AreaHot SpringXinbeitou Hot SpringsMuseum/Gallery/MemoryNational Taiwan Science Education CenterTaiwan Handicraft Promotion CenterTaipei Story HousePuppetry Art Center of TaipeiTaipei Water ParkDiscovery Center of TaipeiBeitou MuseumTaipei Martyrs' ShrineMuseum of Contemporary Art, TaipeiNational Palace MuseumSung Ye Museum of Formosan AboriginesNational Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center (National Theater & National Concert Hall)National Museum of HistoryChiang Kai-shek Memorial HallNational Taiwan MuseumSun Yat-sen Memorial Hall228 Memorial Peace ParkNational Taiwan Arts Education CenterTaipei Astronomical MuseumTaipei Fine Art MuseumHeritage/TempleLin An-Tai Historical House & MuseumLongshan TempleBopiliao Old StreetSongshan Cultural and Creative ParkYangming HouseGuandu TempleThe Red HouseQingshan TempleTaipei Qingshui TempleSongshan Ciyou TempleXingtian TempleTaipei Confucius TempleShilin Official ResidenceXiahai City God TempleDalongdong Bao'an TempleZhinan TempleFarmsMaokong Tea GardenBeaches/IslandsDadaocheng WharfTourism TownBeitou District, Taipei City: Small Town EleganceXinyi District, Taipei City: Fashion Central Recommendation 44 Recommendation QR code Travel Information （Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.） TEL：+886-2-2858-1281Address：No.360, Zhixing Rd., Beitou District, Taipei CityLongitude/Latitude：121.464111/25.117689Web：https://www.travel.taipei/en/attraction/details/495Transportation：Nat'l Hwy 1 → Taipei Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2B → Zhixing Rd.Public：Take THSR or train to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Guandu Station, transfer Taipei City Bus (No. Red 35, Small 23) to Guandu Temple Stop.