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Worth a stop for the Buddha

Pao Chueh Temple would be the only temple visit in Taichung. While there is nothing unique about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A giant statue inside of a Monastery.

There have been many upgrades to this place over the years. A new temple surrounding the old one... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Taichung, Taiwan
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No.140 Jianxing Road, North District, Taichung, Taiwan
+886 4 2233 5179
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pao Chueh Temple would be the only temple visit in Taichung. While there is nothing unique about the temple structure itself, it’s the giant five-story tall statue of the smiling Buddha that makes it worth a stop.

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 5 June 2018

There have been many upgrades to this place over the years. A new temple surrounding the old one and dorms for the monks are most recent. You can't go inside the idol/statue anymore. You can just take a picture in front of it. Not too...More

1  Thank greenmonstertaiwan
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

It’s worth a trip just to see the big Buddha. Luckily I live close, if you had to come from far away, it’s not really worth the trip.

Thank mikey j
Reviewed 6 January 2018

---however, there is not much else to see. It was nice walking around the grounds but for Taiwan with amazing temples this was not a big deal.

Review collected in partnership with Taipei Inn 台北旅店集团
Thank cats254
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

The smiling Buddha is worth taking pictures. You’re not allowed to enter, unfortunately. The district, North District, has other attractions, so this stop could be part of a day out

1  Thank ExpattyCake
Reviewed 7 November 2017

30+ years ago my wife lived in Taichung and came here often. This temple and Buddha were in a thriving neighborhood and are now walled off and poorly maintained. The Buddha is closed for entry. We enjoyed seeing them, however we feel it would be...More

Thank Lynn J
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Taichung is not turistic city at all. There is quite nice city park (15min far from train station) rainbow village and this statue of big smiling budha is the only interesting in the city. I spent there 3 days and it is good base camp...More

1  Thank Gabi H
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Worth a stop. Just walk in and take some pictures. The Buddha is almost 90 foot tall. Really impressive.

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The Big golden Smiling Buddha is so beautiful, you will end up feeling so peaceful in this temple. There is a Japanese Shinto shrine at the back. And a smaller smiling Buddha. I went when it was raining heavily with all offices closed. But it...More

3  Thank Departure710435
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

The biggest budha i have seen in Taiwan. Very impressive although the other atractions are not very interesting.

Thank menachemle
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17 May 2017|
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Response from envne | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you to take a taxi, unless you speak the Chinese language, can manage to use the bus system and ready to change bus lines.
27 July 2016|
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Response from TuxedoChico | Reviewed this property |
It is free. However,donations are always accepted at temples. If you light incense (3 sticks is customary) and/or burn paper "money," a contribution is expected.