Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)
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Every Chinese city once had its Temple of the Town God, the central shrine for Daoist worship. Shànghai's version dates from 1403 when local official Qín Yùbó, who had been posthumously designated as Shànghai's patron town god by the Míng Dynasty Hóngwu emperor (A.D. 1328-98), was finally honored with his own temple, though it didn't take on its present name until 1929.
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Jovlyn S
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR SINGLE/LOVERS
Mar 2020
I went there around June 2019, big crowds there. Heard that their Yue Lao (God of Love) is quite famous. I tried to make a wish like: Hope I can find a suitable guy in my life. The amazing story is, I get into rs with my current bf on Sept 2019! Just 3 mths time and we happily celebrated our anniversary :)

ps:He is one of my elementary classmate

Highly recommend to pray for rs! No lose to get a try right?
Written February 5, 2021
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asthecrowsfly2
Melbourne, Australia189 contributions
Amazing architecture!
Aug 2019
We visited here in August 2019. A beautiful temple in a crowded, busy shopping district. We wound our way through the market and into one of the buildings to find something to eat. We were spoilt for choice as there were many restaurants within the market. As we were part of a tour, we really didn't have much opportunity to spend as much time as you need to here to really enjoy the cultural aspects of this busy shopping area. The architecture is amazing!
Written June 13, 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA854 contributions
A nice temple in a crowded plaza, in the middle of the crowded Shanghai
Jun 2019
The old (originally built during Ming Dinasty) but well restored and good looking Tao temple, is located in the middle of a very commercial and busy area, at Middle Fangbang Road. There is a very large number of gift shops, jewelry stores, restaurants and cafes, there is also a continuously large number of Chinese and foreign tourists, as the temple is on everybody's city tour, as well as many locals who come for a short prayer or just some shopping. The temple itself is quite large and full with statues and paintings of various deities, there are monks going around and people lighting up their incense sticks and whispering a few prayers and then, you come out and people are taking loud, shopping, laughing, going about their business and dealing with the trivialities of the everyday life...
Written January 15, 2020
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Isaac L
Indiana63 contributions
Lovers of mythology and folklore shouldn’t miss this one
Dec 2019 • Solo
It can be hard to find places in busy, ultra-modern Shanghai that make you truly feel a sense of place and the connection with the more distant past, but try to get over here if you can. This temple is absolutely packed with statues and other representations of deities—something new every few steps! Exuberant polytheism, I did not know that Daoism was quite so rich and whimsical. There is also a huge mural featuring (I believe) every animal in the Chinese zodiac along with sages, mystics, and warriors. I went alone, but this would be even more fascinating with a well-informed guide.
Written January 11, 2020
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Jeffrey R
Tampa, FL356 contributions
A working Taoist temple in the downtown shopping district
Jul 2019
My friend and colleague took me downtown to the Shanghai central market, and the Temple was part of the complex. The architecture was traditionally Chinese, and the array of deities (city gods) being worshipped there was interesting. But most interesting was the worshipping - throughout our visit Taoist clergy were moving from chapel to chapel, playing elegantly Chinese sacred music and praying, I guess as part of their morning rituals. It was fascinating to watch and pleasant to listen to. When we left, we were quickly in the central city market, which I guess is the point of having it there - it draws people in. Worth a visit if you're downtown in Shanghai!
Written January 2, 2020
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dougie
Wellington, New Zealand201 contributions
Awesome
Dec 2019
Loved the place - see people worshipping and praying. Great to see the architecture and the feel. Did feel that there could be some areas more reserved for quiet contemplation and reflection.

Be aware of taxi scammers going back to your hotel in busy periods - instead of putting the meter on, they charge a fixed rate to get back to the hotel - tends to be 5 times the taxi rate.
Written December 22, 2019
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KYee C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia622 contributions
A busy temple in the heart of the old city
Nov 2019 • Family
This temple is situated next to Yu Garden and is always full of tourists and worshippers. The entrance fee is RMB 10 which can be purchased from booth near the entrance. This temple was built in 1403 and dedicated to the gods that protect the city and its people.

You can admire the cravings on the roof of the building and it shows the efforts that the builders put into it.
Written December 1, 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,477 contributions
Small but different
Sep 2019 • Couples
Seeing the many different figures of many different tao gods made a very pleasant change from the usual Buddha temples.

Some of the gods looked very scary, others very benign.

Felt like photoing all of them but there are limits.
Written September 24, 2019
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mamunur0801
Bangladesh54 contributions
A MUST to see..
Oct 2018
This is a unique place with lots of thousand year old ancient pieces. Visit on the morning is suggested as on the afternoon the crowd goes unbearable!
Written September 10, 2019
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lifenadventure
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,741 contributions
Look from outside
May 2019 • Couples
We didn’t bother going inside but loved looking st it from the outside, such a beautiful structure. Go at night and day to get a different view. Can get really busy in the area especially at night.
Written June 7, 2019
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