Ethan: There are so many temples in Taiwan. Laura: Yes, it is a distinguishing feature here. Ethan: So, which one are we going to today? Laura: I'm going to take you to Lungshan Temple. It is one of the busiest temples in Taipei. Ethan: I can hardly tell a Buddhist temple from a Taoist one. Laura: Generally, Taiwan's temples are a mix. They are often devoted to the worship of a combination of Buddhist, Taoist, and folk gods and goddesses. Lungshan Temple is no exception.
Ethan and Laura arrive at Lungshan Temple.
Ethan: When was it built? Laura: Lungshan Temple was built over 200 years ago. It is officially a second-grade historic monument. It has typical temple architecture. Ethan: Wow, just look at the antique carvings all over the building! Laura: Lungshan Temple was damaged and rebuilt several times. It has the only bronze dragon pillars in Taiwan. Here, let me show you. Ethan: They're amazing! May I take a picture of them? Laura: Sure. Ethan: What kinds of deities are worshipped here? Laura: The goddess of mercy, the goddess of the sea, the god of literature, and many other deities. You might be interested in the god of marriage, who is said to help people find their Mr. or Miss Right! Ethan: No wonder it is crowded with worshippers every day! I'd like to make my wish to the god of marriage. Maybe I'll meet my true love here!