Announcement:3 October 2021
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:25 November 2023 by Benjamin M.Z. Tai
Site:1.26 acres | 0.5 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached central spire
Ordinance Rooms:One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:10,900 square feet | 1,013 square meters
Elevation:28 feet | 9 meters
Elder Benjamin M. Z. Tai, president of the Asia Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Approximately 500 Church members and friends, including the mayor of Niaosong District, attended the event on site while many others participated by broadcast. Since the Taipei Taiwan Temple was dedicated in 1984, members in the region have held monthly excursions, taking tour buses on full-day trips to participate in temple ordinances. Elder Tai honored the "remarkable legacy of faith and dedication" by these Church pioneers who "at great personal sacrifice, helped to establish the Church here in southern Taiwan." The 10,900-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 1.26-acre site next to the stake center for the Kaohsiung Taiwan North Stake. It is the second temple to be built in Taiwan.1
On December 19, 2022, the official rendering of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple was publicly released.2
On November 28, 2022, the location of the Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple was announced as a 1.26-acre site located at the intersection of Dachang Road and Dehua Street in the Niaosong District of Kaohsiung, across the street from the stake center for the Kaohsiung Taiwan North Stake. Plans call for a single-story temple of approximately 10,900 square feet.
Taiwan's second temple was announced on October 3, 2021, by President Russell M. Nelson. The Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple will be located in southern Taiwan in the island's third most populous city with over 2.75 million residents. The first temple constructed in country, the Taipei Taiwan Temple, was dedicated in 1984. There are currently more than 61,000 Latter-day Saints who attend approximately 110 congregations in Taiwan.3
The Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple will be the second temple built in Taiwan, following the Taipei Taiwan Temple (1984).
- "Church Breaks Ground for Kaohsiung Taiwan Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 25 Nov. 2023.
- "Three Temple Sites Announced in the Americas," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 19 Dec. 2022.
- "At the October 2021 General Conference, the Prophet Says the Church Will Build 13 More Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Oct. 2021.