Can you advice what NOT to do when visiting a Taiwan temple?

Posted by Lucia

There are several fancy decorative temples around the Lotus Pond such as Ciji temple and Ciming temple, which are definitely worth a visit. Before visiting one of the temples, it’s better to know some of Taiwan’s religious etiquette so as not to offend anyone.

It usually has no problem taking photos inside temples, but do avoid using camera flash in order not to attract attention to yourself.

Other things you should be aware of are:

  • No need to take off your shoes in most Taiwan temples. However, avoid wearing
    slippers.
  • Always put your phone on “silent mode”. Step outside if you have to answer an important
    call as a sign of courtesy.
  • Try to be as quiet as possible. Avoid making jokes or laughing too loud.
  • Try not to walk in front of someone who is praying in front of a god or an altar.
  • Avoid pointing at gods or goddesses.
  • Avoid touching the statues.

In case you’re wondering, just looking around in temples without praying is not going to offend anyone. Also like visiting a catholic church, you’ll find a donation box near the entrance. Giving a donation is not required but will be much appreciated.

Taiwan Temple by Ken Yeh

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