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Temple

Bilong Temple

Bilong Temple

Also called “Green Turtle Temple”, it is famous for enshrining a magical “Green Turtle Stone”. Since the shape of Eight Trigrams is shown on the stone, it is also known as the “Eight Trigram Founder”. It is said that the stone possesses a magic power and the wish of those who come to worship it are always actualized, so the temple is thriving with believers, turning the Temple into one of the important temples at Yingge Township. Situated at the foot of the north-end of the Shihuikeng mountain area, Bilong Mountain is relatively high, so the meandering Dahan Creek along with Jianshan’s beauty can all be taken in from the place. It is the best location to admire the full view of Yingge.

 

Nonglin Buddhist Temple

Nonglin Buddhist Temple

The Nonglin Buddhist Temple is situated at the mid-slope of the mountain in a tranquil environment. Other than temple’s solemn atmosphere, it also shows mountainous spirituality. From the scenic lookout behind the temple, you can overlook the whole Yingge Township. The scene always attracts temple visitors, and is also an ideal place for hikers to take a rest in the middle of their hiking.

 

Fude Temple

Fude Temple

Fude Temple is the religious center of the residents in the neighborhoods of Dongying, Xiying, Nanying, Beiying, Jiande and Jianguo, etc. It mainly enshrines the guardian deity while also worships Founder Qing-Shui sharing from Sanxia Zu-Shi Temple. Since the temple also offers sacrifices to Founder Qing-Shui, there is a celebration ritual in front of the temple on every January 6 in the lunar calendar, in which a huge male pig is sacrificed to mark his birthday. Also, under the sacrificing table is a “Tiger God” who is responsible for protecting the enshrined gods. The Tiger God is also a popular spot to be visited by travelers.

 

Miaoyin Temple

Miaoyin Temple

Located in a tranquil mountainous region, Maioyin Temple is fraught with solemn aura. By seeing the smoke lingering from incensing and hearing the sounds of sutra chanting, passers-by’s souls can be greatly soothed. The trail ends at Miaoyin Temple, where you may either burn an incense stick to pray to Bodhisattva for being safe and well, or simply enjoy the phytoncide and the spirituality exuding around the temple.

 

 

Beilin Temple

Beilin Temple

There is a small guardian deity temple near Wanghushan Trail. Even though it is small, the pottery ware placed inside is delicately carved and fully illustrates Yingge’s pottery uniqueness. The guardian deity in the temple smiles so gentle and amicable, and the environment around the temple is neat and tidy. Many neighboring residents or holiday goers stop by here to take a rest.

 

 

Hongde Temple

Hongde Temple

Not far from Yingge Stone, there is an exquisite temple – Hongde Temple. It enshrines Sun Bin, a famous general in the Spring-Autumn Warring States period and the descendant of Sun Wu, the author of “Sun Tzu’s Art of War”. At the back of the temple, a huge statue of Sun Bin was erected there. Due to many miraculous illustrations, many pilgrims have even come from far way to the temple to worship, simply wanting to get a touch of the place’s spirituality. In addition, the Zhenlong ceramic sculpture in front of the temple fully demonstrates the distinctions of Yingge Township.

 

Sanhu Temple

Sanhu Temple

Sanhu Temple mainly enshrines three Emperors, i.e. Yao Emperor representing the heaven, Shun Emperor representing the earth and Yu Emperor representing water. In Taiwan, the three emperors are not often included in folk religion. However, in the early days of village society, people were very devout to worshiping the three Emperors and prayed to them for good harvest. To this day, the temple is still popular. From the scale of the temple, you may still see its prime-time thriving.

 

Zhongyi Temple

Zhongyi Temple

Zhongyi Temple mainly enshrines Guan-Gong, the God of War. It is not a big temple, but visitors are in droves. The belief in Guan-Gong is very common in Taiwan. As a military god, Guan-Gong also plays a role in giving blessings for smooth career and academic performances. Thus, Guan-Gong temples are very popular in Taiwan. At the back of the temple, a square is available for visitors to use. You will see a lot of people come here and enjoy the cool in afternoon.

 

Stone Guanyin

Stone Guanyin

A nature-formed stone resembling the shape of Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara the Mercy Buddha) is located beside Miaoshan Temple in the lane by Zhongzheng 1st Road. Since it looks nothing less than the image of Guanyin, many legends and miracles have been coming from it. If you happen to pass by, why not take a rest and burn an incense stick to pray for being safe and well.

 

 

Fude Temple

Fude Temple

Fude Temple is the religious center of the residents in the neighborhoods of Dongying, Xiying, Nanying, Beiying, Jiande and Jianguo, etc. It mainly enshrines the guardian deity while also worships Founder Qing-Shui sharing from Sanxia Zu-Shi Temple. Since the temple also offers sacrifices to Founder Qing-Shui, there is a celebration ritual in front of the temple on every January 6 in the lunar calendar, in which a huge male pig is sacrificed to mark his birthday. Also, under the sacrificing table is a “Tiger God” who is responsible for protecting the enshrined gods. The Tiger God is also a popular spot to be visited by travelers.