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Often described as Tainan's creepiest temple, Dongyue Hall (東嶽殿) is a gloomy and claustrophobic place, and many of the people you'll see praying and burning joss paper here are relatives of the recently deceased. Because some worshipers emanate tangible vibes of desperation and distress, you're advised to move, speak and take photographs sensitively. So many services are held here during an average week it's no surprise that Minquan Road Section 1 has long had the city's greatest concentration of stores specializing in ritual and funerary goods.

The major deity here is Dizangwang, recognizable by his cleric's hat. Striking effigies represent Lord Horse, Lord Ox and other underworld personalities. The temple's famous murals remind visitors of what awaits the recently deceased. One panel shows terrified wretches being dragged before the afterworld's judges, while others depict the punishments sinners can expect to suffer. Naked wrongdoers are shown being tied to red-hot smokestacks, dropped onto spikes or sawn in half. Some are crushed between millstones, fed to ravenous animals or have their eyes poked out.   


If you're near Tainan TRA Station walking is quicker than waiting for a bus. Head south down Beimen Road to Qingnian Road. Turn right, then turn left down Chenghuang Street. The Dongyue Hall is on the left.

Type: Monument/Building
Costs: free
Location: Taiwan
Street address: 110, Minquan Road Section 1, West Central District, Tainan City
Nearest public transport: Confucius Temple (NMTL) bus stop
Opening hours: Daily 5:30am-9:30pm
Telephone: +8862202322

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