Sanshan Guowang Temple

Sanshan Guowang Temple (Sānshān Guówáng Miào 三山國王廟) The Sanshan Guowang are the Kings of the Three Mountains. The Three Mountains refer to Mt. Du, Mt. Jin, and Mt. Ming in the Chao district of Guangdong (Eastern Canton) Province in mainland China. The three mountain deities are considered the protectors of the Chao district (Chaozhou) and … Continue reading

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Lady Linshui Temple

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Lady Linshui Temple (Línshuǐ Fūrén Miào 臨水夫人廟) Right next door to the Koxinga Shrine is the Lady Linshui Temple (also called Madame Linshuei Temple, or Lady of Linshui Ma Temple). This is a largely feminine temple that focuses on the cult of  Lady Linshui, the Goddess of Birth and Fertility. While many temples around Tainan … Continue reading

Kaiyuan Monastery

Kaiyuan Monastery (Kāiyuán Sì 開元寺) One of the most beautiful and historic temples in Tainan is also one of its least known due to its remote location. This historic place is reportedly the oldest monastery in Taiwan, and was the home of the Zheng family towards the end of their reign on the island. Today … Continue reading

Zhu Sanduo Temple

Zhu Sanduo Temple (Zhù Sānduō Miào 祝三多廟) There is more beneath the Dongmen Road Bridge than a couple of bars, some train tracks, and the toxic tunnel. There’s also a little piece of the east side’s cultural history being overshadowed by the unsightly overpass. Easily over-looked, this little temple actually dates back to 1717, and … Continue reading

Beiji Temple

Beiji Temple (Bēijí Diàn 北極殿) Commonly translated as the “North Pole Palace” or “Arctic Palace,” Beiji Temple is Tainan’s premier place of worship for honoring the Emperor of Mysterious Heaven, known as Xuán Wǔ (玄武) or Xuán Tiān Shàng Dì (玄天上帝). The temple is one of Tainan’s oldest, dating back to the arrival Zhèng Chénggōng … Continue reading

Fengshen Temple (Wind God Temple)

Fengshen Temple (Fēngshén Miào 風神廟) If you can imagine how important the wind is to sailors, you can probably infer how important a wind god temple would have been in the port area of Taiwan’s main sea gate. Located in the historic Five Channels Cultural Zone, this temple is not only the only Wind God … Continue reading

Fahua Temple

Fahua Temple (Fǎhuá Miào 法華寺) The great buzz of activity that surrounds many of the Taoist temples in Tainan can easily be countered by the monastic calm of Buddhist temples such as Fahua Temple in the southern part of the central district. In the early morning hours you can hear a deep chanting emanating from … Continue reading

Dongyue Hall (East Mountain Temple)

Dongyue Hall (Dōngyuè Diàn 東嶽殿) If you want to make amends for misdeeds or talk with dead relatives, Dongyue Hall is the place to go in Tainan. Many people go there to pray for the deceased and sometimes to communicate with them through spirit mediums. Dongyue Hall translates to East Mountain Temple which is a … Continue reading

Tiantan (Altar of Heaven)

Tiantan (Tiāntán 天壇) Tiantan is usually translated as the Altar of Heaven. It is the altar to the god that rules over all the mortal realms. He is commonly known as the Jade Emperor (Yù Huáng 玉 皇). His worship in Taiwan goes back to the early days of Chinese settlement when Zheng Chenggong made … Continue reading

Zhuxi (Chu Hsi) Temple

Zhuxi Temple (Zhúxī Sì 竹溪寺) The origin of this temple is surrounded more by legend than facts. Legends talk about a beautiful Buddhist temple on the south bank of the south river in Tainan. It was on a hill surrounded by gorgeous natural landscape. Bamboo grew all along the small river that ran next to … Continue reading