Wude Temple, with origins in Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, a Japanese Martial Arts organization, has a rich history. The architecture of Wude Temple consists of a martial arts area, archery range and other ancillary buildings. The martial arts arena is in the main building of the Wude Temple and is used for the practice of judo and kendo. Therefore it is also known as Budojo.
Wude Temple is a symbol of the Japanese Government¡¦s insistence on the Samurai spirit. In Year 28 of the Meiji period (1895), the Sino-Japanese War broke out and the Samurai took precedence. Many Wude Temples were constructed to practice martial arts at that time. Therefore, Wude Temple was used as a venue for martial arts practice, gathering and training. The Changhua Wude Temple was built behind the Changhua County Government, next to Changhua Park and Jiexiao Shrine.
The construction of Wude Temple began in Year 4 of the Showa period (1929) and was completed on October 18 in Year 5 of the Showa period (1930), it is an architecture built to meet the specifications of a metropolis. After the Recovery of Taiwan, Wude Temple was transformed into the Changhua Martyr¡¦s Shrine. Currently the shrine worships the Martyrs' Memorial Tablets, while the ancillary building at the rear was formerly a police dormitory. On December 13, 2001, Wude Temple was registered as a historic building. In October 2005, the restoration of Wude Temple was complete..
¡°The above photos and materials originate from the ¡§Changhua Historic Monument and Architecture Website: County Designated Historic Monument and Historic Building Information¡¨ of the Changhua County Cultural Affairs Bureau.