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Xingtian Temple (Chinese: 行天宮; pinyin: Xíngtiān Gōng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hêng-thian-kiong; also Xingtian Gong or Hsing Tian Kong) is a popular temple in Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. This temple is devoted to Guan Yu, the patron god of businessmen, and is relatively recent in origin. This temple is situated on a street corner near the center of the city. Sculptures of dragons feature prominently in this temple's design. It covers over 7,000 square meters.
Avoid going here on Sunday it's full of people which makes it hard to make good photos. If you do go try to go during the weekday and maybe in the afternoon it won't be as crowded.
Hsing Tian Kong Temple is a different type of place where attendees receive rituals and esoteric ceremonies by the female-priests. Interesting to see locals and non-locals into the beliefs practices offered by the temple members. It is a small place, even they offering high blood pressure screening as well divination done in a little alley.
One of the most popular temples in Taiwan. Hsin Tian Kong has 2 locations in Taipei. One is in Miquan East Road, and the other one is in Chong Yi. Hsing Tian Kong basically is devoted to a historical icon, Guam Yun Chang, for his loyalty and courage. Some said that their prays were answered after they visited Hsing Tian Kong. Many residents come here to pray for their families and seek for an inspiration or guidance. It is very important religious center for the residents. The temple's architectural design attracts me. Though this is not a building with hundreds of years history. The totem columns at the gate and art on the ceiling tells the idea of Dow and Buddha's view of world. There are a lot of fortune tellers' stands in the pedestrian underground walk. Tourists and residents go there asking if they can find good jobs or love. The parking of the temple is difficult, especially the one on Minquen East Road, because it is located at a high traffic joint where many city bus routes joins and it is also closed to the entrance of the state #1 highway. I suggest you can come here by bus or MRT.
It is a relatively small temple, but an important one for many Chinese in Taiwan, because it is a temple for the Chinese- believers and non-believers to make a pray for the their sick relatives or friends, to pray for the relations, etc. The belief or tradition is that believers who make pray for something should promise in the pray for return the wish coming true, if the pray is fulfilled. Because of the traditional belief that the gods in the temple did grant the needed for their wish to help the sick or the poor or other needed, it is NOT unusual for visitors to see prayers who kneel on the temple's concrete ground for making pray and for making wishes. Because of its reputation for granting wishes, many prayers are NOT local Taipei residents. Many prayers who visit the temple for medical wishes for the relatives or for their loved one, and they seem to believe the temple gods have super natural power similar to St. Peregrine of the Catholics. The temper has its focus on two gods- Tian Kong and Guan Kong- which are based partially Taoist belief [Tian Gong, heavenly God] and partially folk belief [Guan Gong for justice and for the weak] and which are NOT related to Buddhism. The temple is also unique because it is the first Taiwanese temple to cease using incense for the worship practice, because of concerns for the incense which may cause air pollutions and other environmental issues. . Coming out the temple, turning left, and walking along the Mingchuang East Avenue, it is major business district for Taipei funeral service providers, and many funeral service providers do use their 2nd floor or 3rd floor apartment or building as the rent-out facilities for funeral "wake" services" for the deceased families. This replaces wake service to be held on streets of 10 to 20 years ago, although wake service held at street is still not uncommon in south Taiwan. Coming out the temple, at intersection street tunnel, it is another fortune telling service center in Taipei, while another center is near Lungshan Temple in Wanhua. The Hsing Tian Kong temple has more Japanese and Asian tourists than Americans or European tourists who seem to prefer Lungshan Temple and BaoAn Temple.
A famous tourist attraction in Taipei where locals come here to seek blessing from God for good health, luck and fortune. It is also a good place to find inner peace and serenity.
God of Police, Gangsters, Prostitution, War and Literature. Home to Husband Gong, famously the God of Police, Gangsters, Prostitution, War and Literature, and protector of the Buddhist scriptures. Husband Gong is one cool dude. The connection, he swore an oath of brotherhood in a peach garden (see the novel Romance of the three kingdoms) and therefore is known for loyalty, the Police, Triads, War comrades are all brotherhoods, prostitution is a sisterhood, and Literature and Buddhism were latter bonuses to his illustrious career. This is one of the biggest temples in Taipei, so what it lacks in decoration or atmosphere, it makes up in size. Located just east of the red light district, a good place to go before visiting a lady of the night or scoring, but remember who he supports, so unless you know some scriptures and intend a night of naughtiness, don't forget to worship the other deities too. Take one stick of incense for each incense receptacle, introduce yourself to the deity, and pay respects by raising the incense to eye level and bowing 3 times before depositing your incense. In all, as a working rather than just a tourist temple, well worth a visit.
They banned incense and paper money burning at this temple. A fantastic initiative that should be followed by all temples across Taiwan in an effort to improve the air quality and also to create a more healthy smoke-free environment for people that are doing their prayers.
The most popular Taoist temple in Taipei City, worth a visit for tourists, but don't plan staying too long here because there's not much to do
It's a tranquil place in the big and busy city. Like!
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The most popular Taoist temple in Taipei City, worth a visit for tourists, but you won't stay too long because there is not much to do on place.
Beautiful temple but very crowded with worshippers. You literally have to queue to 拜.