Taoist temple

A Taoist temple (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: guān, also 道观 dàoguān, literally "[place] where the Tao is observed/cultivated") is a place of worship in Taoism.

Structure and function can vary according to the Taoist school the temple belongs to. For example, guān of the Quanzhen School are monasteries where celibate Taoist priests live.

The title gōng (traditional Chinese: ) "palace" is often used for large temples built with imperial or governmental patronage.

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