Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wandering around the Confucius temple in Tainan

I visited Tainan for the first time in 2012. I even had a guided tour back then explaining me all the sights. The place that I remember most is the Confucius temple in the middle of the city. It’s not a place of worship but a place of learning. It was built in the 17th century to educate the officials to the court in the spirit of the great teacher Confucius.

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When I returned now in November 2014, i found a quite busy place. A lot of visitors seem to be interested in the place. Entire group of school kids and Taiwanese tours were frequenting the place during my visit making it a very difference place to the one I visited 12 years ago.

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However, it’s interesting to observe the change in the past twelve years. In the past, Taiwanese were less interested in their own history but in foreign culture and this place was quiet and empty. I think it was a kind of catching up with the rest of the world and absorbing and consuming as much as possible from the outside. What happens now is a return to their own history and values of which Taiwan has so much. Even though i was looking for the quiet and peaceful place I found twelve years ago, I was happy to find a place busy with people looking at what their ancestors had created.

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All images were shot with a Mamiya 645pro on Shanghai GP3 and developed in Spuersinn Joe.

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