Introduction to a Confucius Temple
Introduction to a Confucius Temple There are many Confucius Temples in Taiwan and around the world, which represent the traditional Chinese culture and learning. They also play a major role in attracting and educating talented people because these people are the basic element of a strong country. The following is a brief introduction a Confucius temple in the south of Taiwan, Tainan Confucius Temple. The Confucius Temple in Tainan is the oldest among all the Confucius Temples in Taiwan. It was built in 1665 and was suggested by General Chen Yung-hwa. In 1684, the prefect of Taiwan, Chiang Yu-ying, rebuilt ir for the first time, and hung the words "The Greatest Teacher Throughout the Ages" in the main temple, written by the K'ang-His Emperor himself. The temple was fixed and rebuilt about twelve times during the K'ang-His, Ch'ien-lung, Chia-ch'ing, Tao-Kuang, and T'ung-Chih's ruling in Ching dynasty. Since the Tainan Confucius Temple served as a center for education and culture, and it had been through so much damage by age, weather, fire, earthquakes, insects, and even bombing, the government announced that this Confucius Temple was to become the first class of a place of historic interest on December 28, 1983.