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Ta Cheng Gate
As 9 stands for the maximum of the Yang, times 12 for 108 suggests the maximum or the rituals and it is used for the Confucius Temple to mean something different. While door gods would be painted on ordinary temple doors, nails are for entitled gods only. Nails on Confucius Temple doors are to highlight the extraordinary status of Confucius. The door latch comes in the form of a dragon’s head, just to show the idea. The doorposts come in the cylindrical shape with simple icons on it. Bearing no Chinese couplets as a way to avoid literal errors in front of Confucius.
In front of the Ta Cheng door panels, there is a stone drum of antique design and it serves to stabilize the building as well. Sill windows are available between door panels and the posts.
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