[Nantou] Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple Travel Guide

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Sun Moon Lake is a popular attraction in Taiwan, and there is always an endless stream of tourists on holidays. When you are traveling around the lake, you must have seen a magnificent temple on the lakeshore. Its name is Wenwu Temple and it’s a must visit spot near Sun Moon Lake. In addition to travelers, as this temple is devoted to the God of Literature and Confucius, many students also come to pray for the success of the exams.

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History and Background

During the Japanese ruled period there used to be two temples, Longfeng Temple and Yihua Hall, on the banks of Sun Moon Lake. However, Japanese colonizers decided to build a hydroelectric power plants, which would cause the water level rise and possibly flood the temples. As a result, both temples had to be relocated and were subsequently acquired by Japan Electric Company. After receiving the compensation, the temple managers decided to combine two temples in one and rebuilt it on the northern shore of Sun Moon Lake. It is the Wenwu Temple we know today.

Wenwu Temple on the shore of Sun Moon Lake

According to the official site of Sun Moon Lake, the architecture of Wenwu temple has the palace style of northern China. It is a large and imposing structure, with three separate halls. On the second floor of the front hall is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature; the central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-god Yue Fei; the rear hall is dedicated to Confucius.

There is even an English guide board in the temple. What an international temple it is!

The worship procedures of Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple

Red Stone Lions On The Front Plaza

Walking into the Wenwu Temple, you must have noticed the huge vermillion lions on both sides of the front plaza. They were donated by Wu Huo-shih, the late chairman of the Shin Kong Life Insurance Company. Since the meaning of Huo-shih is “fire lion” in Chinese, people directly call the two stone lions by his name. In Chinese culture, lions are connected with fortune. Combine with the good geomancy of Sun Moon Lake, people put the stone lions here in order to absorb Sun Moon Lake’s blessings.

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Vermillion stone lions in Wenwu Temple

Wenwu Temple Travel Tips

Wenwu Temple on the shore of Sun Moon Lake

If you want to donate or buy a blessing card to write your wishes, you can go to the information center to ask for help. You can also try incense sticks, fortune stick, or moon blocks like a worshipper.

Don’t forget to climb to the top of the hill, there is breathtaking scenery waiting for you.

Wenwu Temple on the shore of Sun Moon Lake

You will see a wishing fountain before the wall. If you have any wish and hope it will come true in the future, don’t forget to make a wish here.

Here comes the most important tip!!! Remember that if you want to take a photo overlooking Sun Moon Lake from the temple, you are not climbing up to the hill. You should take the stairs to the roof of the hall in front.

Wenwu Temple on the shore of Sun Moon Lake

Then you will get this kind of amazing photos! You can even see the beautiful carvings on the roof.

Attraction Information

  • Opening Hours: Open all day (please enter by the side entrance after 8 p.m.)
  • Tel: +886-49-2855122
  • Price: Free
  • Address: No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, 555
  • Official Website: 日月潭文武廟

Traffic Information

  • Transportation: Nat’l Hwy 6 → Exit at the Ailan Interchange → Prov. Hwy 14 → Prov. Hwy 21
  • Public: Take THSR or TRA to Taichung Station, transfer Sun Moon Lake Route 6670 to Sun Moon Lake stop, transfer Nantou Bus 6669 to Wenwu Temple stop.

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