After three years of renovations, the Taipei Confucius Temple reopened yesterday with new multimedia simulations of the Six Arts — practical disciplines in ancient China — and dances to honor the Chinese philosopher and teacher Confucius (孔子).
The Taiwanese soap opera In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) has helped younger generations understand Confucius (551-479 BC) and his teachings, especially because several scenes were filmed at the temple, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said at the temple’s reopening ceremony.
Hopefully, the addition of multimedia simulations and movies that introduce Confucius’ life will make the temple an even more popular tourist site for Taiwan’s youth and international tourists, Hau said, adding that the new features will allow foreign visitors to understand Taiwan’s Confucian traditions better.
Hau said he hoped that in the future people would not only think of the temple on Teacher’s Day, a holiday celebrated annually on Sept. 28, the anniversary of Confucius’ birth, which is touted as a time to honor teachers.
The Taipei City Government has budgeted a total of NT$981 million (US$32.31 million) for the renovation and “Confucius revival tourism projects.”
The renovated traditional gardens at the temple were also opened to the public yesterday, and the multimedia simulations allowed visitors to experience the Six Arts. The Six Arts, the basis of education in ancient China, are rites, music, archery, charioteering, calligraphy and mathematics.
Kung Chuei-chang (孔垂長), a 79th-generation descendant of Confucius, also attended the opening ceremony.