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A Scene of Devotion in Taipei

For centuries, Taipei’s Longshan Temple has been a sacred space. Photographer Neil Wade captured this shot of worshippers gathering in a cloud of incense.

Published on Feb 7, 2019

Known for its intricate art and architecture, Taipei’s Longshan Temple dates back to 1738 when it was founded 
by immigrants from nearby Fujian province. Over the centuries, it’s been rebuilt several times. Today, incorporating Buddhist elements, the holy place is also home to halls and altars celebrating Chinese deities Mazu and Guan Yu. Come Lunar New Year—February 5 and 6 this year—the temple is simply heaving with worshippers and clouds of incense. — NEIL WADE


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