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Tainan Confucius Temple

Tainan Confucius Temple plays an important role in two aspects. For one, the temple not only nurtured many students during the Ming and Qing periods, but it is also the most well-preserved Confucius temple in Taiwan. Over the past 300 years, this magnificent temple has stood steadily, symbolizing the passing down of Chinese Confucian culture. Additionally, as Tainan Confucius Temple also served as an official government school and the cultural center of Taiwan during the Ming and Qing periods, it is therefore called the First Academy of Taiwan. With the establishment of the temple, Taiwan became the coastal version of the state of Zhou, which produced many famous scholars. In addition, the temple has preserved many precious antiques, including some important tablets and musical instruments. Hence, it can be concluded that Tainan Confucius Temple is undoubtedly the best place to visualize the importance of cultural heritage preservation.

Secondly, Tainan Confucius Temple is where the traditional Confucius memorial ceremony takes place. Except for 1685, 1895, and 1945, this important ceremony has continuously taken place at the temple twice a year, both in spring and in autumn. Yi Cheng Academy is not only in charge of music players' training and rehearsals, but it also plays a key role in the memorial ceremony. Moreover, the music and dance performances adopted by Tainan Confucius Temple's memorial ceremony are in accordance with norms issued during the Qing dynasty, which feature 13 instruments. All these features mentioned above cannot be found in any other Confucius temples in Taiwan. While the other Confucius temples also hold their own memorial ceremonies, Tainan Confucius Temple still shines uniquely in terms of culture and history.

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