Shilin Cixian Temple (also called Shilin Mazu Temple) is dedicated to the goddess Mazu. Originally known as Tianhou Temple, it was built in 1796 with funding from a local merchant named He Chin-tang at the site of the present-day Shilin Tourist Night Market. The temple was destroyed in a fire that engulfed Zhilan Street during a fight between rival immigrant clans from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou in mainland China. Through the efforts of Pan Yung-ching, a member of the local gentry, the street was rebuilt at Xiashulin, known today as Shilin New Street. Cixian Temple was subsequently built at the center of this new street.
Cixian Temple consists of two halls, two galleries and two wings that together form five courtyards. The two halls are linked by a gallery in a style typical of southern Fujian temple architecture. The Sanchuan Hall in the front part of the temple is covered by a double-eaved gable and hip roof with a swallowtailed ridge in the style of a "Taizi Tower". The central door to the main hall is flanked by octagonal columns carved with coiling dragons dating to the Guangxu period (1875 to 1908). The left and right carved kylins were made in 1828. The exquisite paintings of the Palace Maiden and the door gods Wei Chi-kung and Chin Shu-pao are among the other artistic attractions at the temple.
- Religious Venues
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- , Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Services & Facilities
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Temple in night marketThis temple is located in the middle of Shilin night market. Many people come here to sit on the stairs after they bought some snacks or drinks.
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Don't go out of the way . . .. . . but if you are visiting the Shilin Night Market, do stop by for a quick visit. The temple is currently undergoing renovations and sight lines and access are somewhat limited.
Naga VishnuKant... I
Ran across the temple in Shilin night marketBeautiful architecture. This is my first temple visit in Taiwan. Walking along the road of the market, I ran across the temple, being in the evening, already, shops already opened. There was a person inside who gave us some insense sticks and explained where to keep those. Was nice architecture
Boynton Beach, Florida
Temple or Restaurant?Locate in the heart of Shilin Night Market, this temple features many of the typical features one might find in other Taiwanese temples - highly stylized images, intricately carved wood pillars and a colorful tiled rooftop. I visited this temple at night, during the night market’s busy hours and was disappointed to see so many people using the steps to eat their meals. To me, this showed a lack of respect.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
200+ year old templeThis temple can be found inside the grounds of the Shilin night market and is worth a visit. You'll find most people using its steps as a place to eat and rest from the crowds, but you'll be amiss if you don't look inside this 200+ year old temple. The main reception area has brochures in English that describe the temple in extensive detail.
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