Longshan Temple (龍山寺)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

In Taiwan for just over a week (8 days), travelling started taking a toll on our bodies. Shirley caught a cold and I was vomiting up everything I ate or drank. (I thought it was food poisoning at first, but my symptoms didn’t seem match up.) This went on for about 2 days until I decided to visit the pharmacy just outside our hotel (so convenient). I told the pharmacist of my situation and she said I've been hit with the stomach flu (腸胃感冒). To this very day, I'm still not sure what caused it. Even if it was food-related, I don’t know what particular dish was the problem because Shirley ate everything I ate and didn’t have the same reaction. (Of course, everyone is different.)

Our visit to the pharmacy was just after our visit back from Mengjia Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺). We weren't feeling well that morning, but didn’t want to waste a day in a foreign country stuck in the hotel room, so we headed out at around noon.

Longshan Temple is probably one of the largest, oldest and most famous temples in Taiwan. Located in Wanhua District (萬華區), the temple was built over 270 years ago and has managed to withstand multiple earthquakes, fires and even World War II, through consistent renovation and conservation.

The architecture of the temple is absolutely stunning, with its intricate carvings and vibrant designs. But unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough to offer our prayers as I was starting to feel very uncomfortable and needed some place to sit down. Therefore, we headed over to the Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興) area had a light lunch and tea at the so-fancy Royal Copenhagen Café (皇家哥本哈根咖啡輕食), which is part of the SOGO Department Store. I don’t know what was going through our heads back then, but spaghetti was hardly the best or most appropriate option for sick people. (If I remember correctly, the restaurant had a minimum spending level requirement and spaghetti was the next best thing on the menu.) In fact, I felt worse so we had no choice but to return to the hotel at around 2:00pm. Once we got back I showered, and was in bed by 3:30pm. Needless to say, it was an early night for both of us.

However, I do have to thank Shirley for running out to Tim Ho Wan to buy us dinner. Although I only took about 3 bites from my bowl of congee because I couldn’t stand the smell of it (it wasn’t plain congee), I appreciate the gesture very much so. #loveyou #雖然到今天你還是為這件事情嗆我

Longshan Temple (龍山寺)
No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei
台北市 萬華區 廣州街211號

Royal Copenhagen Café (皇家哥本哈根咖啡輕食)
Level 4, No. 45, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da'an District, Taipei
台北市 大安區 忠孝東路四段 45號 4樓

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