The Second International Conference on the I-Ching

The Confucian Temple

After the closing ceremony on the last day of the conference, we all got a chance to visit the oldest Confucian temple in Taiwan. In Chinese temples there are often collections of boards carved and painted with the names of previous generations of sages and scholars, recording the great and good down through the ages. Here is one of three such halls in the Confucian temple:

In the centre of the complex is the main building of the temple.

Bent had an interesting observation: he noticed that when westerners take photos in Korea, they are waiting for all the people to be out of sight in the shot before they take the frame; when easterners take photos there, everyone is waiting to get to stand in front of the sight for the shot. Here's an interesting example, we're pretty much all there:

Revered as a school, within this hall are richly painted caligraphy placards, each one gifted to the temple by a mainland emperor. This shows the esteem in which the temple has been held over the generations.

The attention to detail through the building is wonderful. Again, the ornate, painted ceiling beams are wonderful:

After visiting the temple, we set off for the mountains.