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Taichung is a center of learning and culture, and is also the political hub of Taiwan Province. But when people looked around Taichung, they saw all the impressive development that had occurred, they noticed that the city lacked a Confucius temple, and considered this to be very regrettable. Confucius illuminated human relationships, established enduring institutions, encouraged piety and self-cultivation, and served as a paragon of virtue for countless generations. Since all major cities and counties had their own Confucius Temples, the city council proposed that a temple be built, the city government planned it, prominent local figures sponsored its construction, and National Assembly representative Yen Chin-hsien donated the proceeds of the sale of 5,000m2 of land on Tachih Road to be a temple construction fund. In addition, the Provincial Government provided its assistance and guidance to the project. Thus it was through the efforts of many that the temple finally came to fruition. A temple construction committee headed by former Provincial Government Secretary General Hsu Nai was established in September 1972, and Chu Shao-hua took charge of the project in August 1973. After making drawings and estimating prices, the cornerstone was laid and workers assembled in June 1974. The temple was finally completed after several years of work. The temple’s majesty underscores the lofty principles it embodies. The height of the walls and gate seem as if those of a holy city, and the Chiming Hall is profoundly serene and inspiring. This inscription has been made to record the temple’s role in the restoration of virtue, promotion of human well being, and quest for world unity.
- Date ： 2012-09-29
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