Nanfangao Nantian Temple

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OrderintheHouse
By OrderintheHouse
A delightful temple in a busy fishing port well worth a visit
Jan 2020
In January 2020 my wife and I included a 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan as part of our 18 day Asian trip we arranged to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. On day one of the tour, on the way to Taroko National Park from Taipei, we made a stop for lunch at Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in Su’ao Township, located in the south eastern corner of Yilan County on the north eastern coast of Taiwan and 75 km drive from Taipei. As well as being a busy fishing port, Nanfang'ao is home to the Nantian Temple dedicated to Matsu (Mazu), goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. The Nantian Temple is a three story building. A climb up the steps to the top balcony of the temple is well worth the effort because from the top you get a magnificent vista of the fishing port in all its splendour. The temple roof adorned with dragon figures is so ornate and offers a wonderful foreground to the excellent view of the village and the harbour from this vantage point. There is a feature statue of the Matsu on each of the three floors of the Temple. There is a statue of Matsu with a human face, a black –faced statue of Matsu made of jade and a gold Matsu statue made from 200 kilograms of gold. In addition to these three main statues there are also five Matsu statues in the Temple that originated from Meishou in mainland China. The Temple is beautifully presented and elaborately decorated. We were fortunate that there were not many other people visiting the Temple during our visit there. This enabled us to take a closer look at the Temple's many enduring features. We enjoyed a great seafood lunch in an unpretentious restaurant in one of the main streets, one of many that can be found in the village. The tour of the Nantian Temple was an added bonus and was a pleasing and moving experience. In our view it is an attraction not to be missed if travellers happen to plan to visit or just happen to stumble upon Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in their travels.

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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,154 contributions
A delightful temple in a busy fishing port well worth a visit
Jan 2020
In January 2020 my wife and I included a 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan as part of our 18 day Asian trip we arranged to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

On day one of the tour, on the way to Taroko National Park from Taipei, we made a stop for lunch at Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in Su’ao Township, located in the south eastern corner of Yilan County on the north eastern coast of Taiwan and 75 km drive from Taipei.

As well as being a busy fishing port, Nanfang'ao is home to the Nantian Temple dedicated to Matsu (Mazu), goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors.

The Nantian Temple is a three story building. A climb up the steps to the top balcony of the temple is well worth the effort because from the top you get a magnificent vista of the fishing port in all its splendour. The temple roof adorned with dragon figures is so ornate and offers a wonderful foreground to the excellent view of the village and the harbour from this vantage point.

There is a feature statue of the Matsu on each of the three floors of the Temple. There is a statue of Matsu with a human face, a black –faced statue of Matsu made of jade and a gold Matsu statue made from 200 kilograms of gold. In addition to these three main statues there are also five Matsu statues in the Temple that originated from Meishou in mainland China. The Temple is beautifully presented and elaborately decorated.

We were fortunate that there were not many other people visiting the Temple during our visit there. This enabled us to take a closer look at the Temple's many enduring features.

We enjoyed a great seafood lunch in an unpretentious restaurant in one of the main streets, one of many that can be found in the village.

The tour of the Nantian Temple was an added bonus and was a pleasing and moving experience. In our view it is an attraction not to be missed if travellers happen to plan to visit or just happen to stumble upon Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in their travels.
Written April 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

galtraveller22011
Saint Augustine Beach, FL139 contributions
Beautiful temple with lots of gold, jade and carvings
May 2019 • Friends
This is the Machu temple for the Sea Goddess. The temple is full beautiful staues in gold, jade, and other precious stones. So spectacular since there are many statues in the different floors of the temple. At the top floor, one can see a view of Yilan. The roof of the temple is intricately carved, very colorful.
Written May 13, 2019
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sstj
St. John218 contributions
Must See Buddhist Temple
Oct 2016 • Couples
The temple of the "sea goddesses" is really spectacular in regard to the statues.
Gold, jade, jewels, & neon lights. Wow!
Written October 8, 2016
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