When I would talk to friends who had visited Asia I had always heard the same line, “There are so many temples! Once you have seen one, you’ve seen them all!” I would have to agree as I felt much that way when travelling through Europe… After you visited five different churches, regardless what city you were in, you kind of got disinterested in visiting anymore.Longshan Temple. It is not only convenient to get to, since it has it’s own MRT stop (blue line), but it is also one of the oldest temples in Taipei. Built in the mid 1700’s, it is one of the most frequented temples by both locals and travellers on a daily basis. We of course, had decided to go on 228 Peace Memorial Day, (kind of like our Remembrance Day) and let me tell you, it was packed! (o_O);;
The courtyard of the temple was packed with people lining up to say prayers underneath large lanterns. Numerous little rooms, inhabited by mighty looking statues of deities, were filled with visitors carrying joss sticks, bouquets of flowers and plates of food.
By the end of our visit, I had heard many people suggest visiting Snake Alley, which is apparently not too far of a walk from the temple… Of course, lately my feet can only take so much walking… I fear old age is setting in…*sighs* It shall have to be a visit for next time, as I have heard many interesting things about what is sold in this area… Any suggestions on some hot items to look out for? I am pretty adventurous, but how adventurous depends… (^_^);;;