One of the Largest Laughing Buddhas in Taiwan

Budai Buddha

The Paochueh Buddha in Taichung is 27 feet tall .  It’s also one of the largest laughing Gautma Buddhas in Taiwan.  The temple was built in 1927 as a cornerstone between Taiwanese and Japanese Buddhism.   The original temple is brick, however, a modern Japanese-style fortress-like enclosure has been built around it to protect it. .  Nearby the entrance to the temple is a minor graveyard. It contains a Shinto shrine with the bones of 36,000 Japanese soldiers that died in Taiwan in World War 2. Expect to see lots of Japanese tourists on your visit here.

 

Details

寶覺禪寺
No.140, Jianxing Rd., North Dist., Taichung City 404
臺中市北區健行路140 號
Tel: +886 (4)  2233 5179
Open: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
FREE to Visit

 

Getting There

Reference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budai
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/western-taiwan/taichung/sights/religious-sites/paochueh-temple

Cover Photo By Marian McCaffrey (Laughing Buddha, Paocheuh Temple, Taichung, Taiwan) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 


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