Tainan is the former capital of Taiwan, therefore is marked by historical monuments and constructions. Now is a beautiful combination of modern life and the past times. In the heart of Tainan, behind the Literature Museums, there is the Confucius temple. The place is small, but really beautiful and its significance is remarkable. After all, Confucius is known as the teacher of teacher.
Last year made two entries about photography at Tainan’s Confucius Temple. I hope you can check it out, so you can get further idea of how the temple look like from outside.
The temple is located in Nan-Men Rd, it is usually opened from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
台南孔子廟 Tainan Confucius Temple
700, Tainan City, West Central District, 南門路2號
06 221 4647
Teacher’s day in Taiwan is celebrated on September 28th. As you can imagine Teacher’s day happens to be Confucius day! So if you are in Tainan during this time make sure to check out the activities the have. As far as I know there is a ceremony at 4am, I hope you don’t have a problem in waking up early.
This poem in the type of ABAB.
Now without any further delay I give you:
A Smile in Confucius Temple
There! In a far away city that never sleeps
Where the center is marked merly by the station
Behind the museum that pictograms keeps,
of great Chinese literature yet without any translation.
Behind the museums lies a temple of knowledge
Surrounded by pagodas, quite winds, and shadowy trees,
Gates carefully placed and wandering students of college.
Welcoming doors and a beguiling detailed marquee.
There! At the entrance, you are offered a ticket by the lady
Without forgetting to ask for your ID before paying the fee
You’ll be surprise there is none if you’ve been living in Tainan lately
And in a instant you’ll further love this city by the sea.
A high step before you go in,
you are welcome by thousands wishes and lucky writings
But your attention is drawn to the magnificent temple within
As the sun shines upon the walls and splendid sightings.
Long halls of relics and history
Musical instruments, studies and time
Gods, dragons, phoenixes, and mysteries
All here in coherence as a physical rhyme.
Oh Confucius Temple! Such a honorable vision!
The first of its kind in the wonderful island of Taiwan
A school not only of letters but of talent and religion
An enduring philosophy of life that will continue on.
You! You are never ending tale
Your walls an ungoing fable
You are a landmark of great scale
To forget you, one is unable.
There! There I stood in front of you
Perplexed and overwhelmed
Reminded that mother was there too
And thus a smile was compelled.
Thank you for reading!
I hope you enjoyed this poem as much as I enjoyed writing and discovering the magnificent Confucius Temple.
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