Lukang Xinzu Temple

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David H
Union City, CA8,033 contributions
The Tienhoa Temple built by the Emperor
Sep 2020 • Couples
Revisited here to thank Mazu protecting us as what we prayed for last year. Believe or not, we totally mistaken thought this is the other Temple which is more we’ll known. We drove there and shockingly found out it’s totally different. This temple is located in the Old Street and was built by Chanlong Emperor. Actually, we like this better because it’s not that business atmosphere. We worshiped and will be back next year again!
Written September 19, 2020
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,130 contributions
Xinzu Temple was not on our original travel itinerary; it proved to be an added, pleasant surprise.
Jan 2020
For our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I embarked on an 18 day Asian tour from 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 taking in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

Our 6 night private tour of Taiwan was arranged through Wendy Wu Tours and we stayed in Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

On the last day of our tour we travelled from Kaohsiung (Taiwan’s third largest city and its largest port) back to the capital Taipei, visiting the charming town of Lukang (formerly known as Lugang) on the way.

After a pleasant stroll along the Lukang Old Street (the curved, red-tiled lanes of today's Putou, Yaolin, and Dayou streets) admiring old buildings where locals sell interesting food items and handicrafts, we made an unexpected visit to the Xinzu Temple. This temple, built in 1788 forms a part of the nearby Lugang Mazu Temple, also known as the Tianhou Temple, 3 minutes walk away. There is an interesting association between the two temples. The Qing Dynasty's Emperor Qianlong would pray at the Tianhou Temple, and the Xinzu Temple was created later by the emperor for use by his officials.

It’s a small worship house with a large courtyard frontage and a most ornate Chinese style roof adorned with colourful dragon figures and Chinese human forms, some riding on various animals. The entrance to the main hall has four very attractive stone dragon columns protected in wire cages with each column featuring a dragon with its tail circling up each column.

The interior of the main hall is most attractive with what I believe to be a black Mazu (Sea Goddess) statue taking centre stage. The carved woodwork around this statue is most intricate. To the front of the statue are very beautifully carved polished wooden tables.

Our original travel itinerary only had us visiting the renowned Long-shan Temple with its famous octagonal caisson ceiling, while in Lukang. Therefore the visit to the Xinzu Temple proved to be an added, pleasant surprise. We were so pleased we were able to spend some time here. It is a worthwhile temple to visit.
Written August 10, 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,151 contributions
New Tianhou Gong temple
Oct 2018 • Solo
Beside a famous Tianhou Gong temple, there is another Tianhou Gong in Lugang. It is located on Lao Jie, so if you walk around in the touristic area, you certainly happen to meet this temple. The premise is big, but actually it is an empty space between the entrance gate and the main building.
Written October 21, 2018
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Vicente8
218 contributions
Funny fair games!
May 2018 • Couples
The temple in itself has no prominent personality, even though the religious art is remarkable with spectacular carved columns. The most interesting are the fair games on the left side of the yard were visitors have to aim at religious characters... A funny way for the temple to collect contributions from believers and visitors !
Written May 27, 2018
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,963 contributions
The temple where officials and magistrates would pray
Feb 2016 • Couples
This is an additional temple or a continuation of the Tianhou temple. Only officials would pray here and was ordered by the emperor to build the temple so his officials could have a place separate from the villagers. Later, villagers could come here to pray and it is a bit closer but local villagers already had been accustomed to their original temple so they don’t really visit Xinzu temple. Had I not had a guide, I would have been totally confused about these temples and their significance.
Written February 15, 2016
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