The Hosian Temple is among the oldest temples in Taiping. It was originally built as a wooden structure in 1890. In 1905, a stone structure was built to replace the wooden structure by artisans from China. Available literature states that the building was built after the daughter of a wealthy businessman named Cheng Yen Xin professed her wishes to become a nun. Out of love for his daughter, Cheng Yen Xin donated a substantial amount of money towards the construction of the temple. His daughter, Lin Ai Lin, became the first nun at the Hosian Temple.
The temple is still in use today. It is managed by two monks and eight temple guardians. The temple is dedicated to the worship of Guan Yin (or Kuan Yin), the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
The architecture of this temple is indeed unique and makes for a great photography and Instagram spot.