Taiwan’s religious freedom presents pro-unification voices with a dilemma

The issue of religious freedom has been high on the news agenda this week after U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, paid a visit to Taiwan. The fact that an...

Taiwan highly-ranked as good place to live as an atheist: report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan alongside Belgium and the Netherlands have been named as the best places in the world to live as an atheist by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). ...

Taiwanese group in US reportedly converting Masonic lodge into Buddhist Temple

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A religious organization reportedly based in Taiwan is planning to open a new Buddhist temple in the U.S. State of Connecticut, in the unlikely location of a former M...

5 traditional taboos during Dragon Boat Festival 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (June 18) is the official day of the Dragon Boat Festival on the lunisolar calendar and in addition to the dragon boat races and the eating of zongzi, there are five tabo...

Photo of the Day: Mini 'Eight Generals' march in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Children dressed as Ba Jia Jiang (The Eight Generals, 八家將) are seen in this photo on the streets of Taipei on May 6. The Ba Jia Jiang were part of a Matsu pil...

Son carries gods 600 km across Taiwan to give thanks for curing mother of cancer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --  A community leader from Minzuli in Hualien City went on a 17 day journey across Taiwan carrying the statues of several Taoist gods half of Taiwan to thank them ...

China to stamp out 'funeral strippers,' a modern tradition originating in Taiwan 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After an announcement from the Chinese Ministry of Culture in January, Chinese officials have begun to crack down on the folk tradition of “funeral strippers.”...

Premier Lai visits temple to pray for peace and prosperity for Taiwan in New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Feb. 22, Taiwanese Premier William Lai paid a special visit to the Qing’An Temple (慶安宮) in Keelung to pray for peace on both sides of the Taiwan strait, and for p...

Taipei's 'psychic beauty' channels child god to help others

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --  A beautiful young beautician who works in a nail salon during the week, has become famous in New Taipei for channeling a child god to do good deeds for those in...

The 'Cupid Church' in southern Taiwan combines Christian tradition with local folk religion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In Nantou County, a new wedding chapel was opened in mid-2017, but it is wedding chapel that is unlike any other in world. Besides being intentionally designed to be cu...

 Southern Taiwan shines on TripAdvisor's 2018 list  of travel 'Destinations on the Rise'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two places in Taiwan, Nantou County, and Tainan city have been named on TripAdvisor's Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Asia. The American travel and restaura...

Exhibition at NMTH presents Taiwanese religious landscape 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Museum of Taiwan History (NMTH) is holding a special exhibition titled “The Changing Image of the Deity in Heaven and on Earth” from January 9 to ...

Taiwanese religious traditions abroad: a Taoist temple in South India!

NEW DELHI (Taiwan News) -- A Taoist temple in Villivakkam is located on the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It may seem unbelievable, but i...

Temples in Taiwan upgrading security after thieves steal deities, try to mail them to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Temples throughout Taiwan may be looking to upgrade security systems to protect the deities housed within them after recent events in Tainan. This week there was a...

6th Christian-Buddhist Interreligious Dialogue held in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The sixth Buddhist-Christian inter-religious dialogue, organized by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) is taking place this week in New Taipei. ...