(Tourist Attraction) The Plaque Awarded by the Guangxu Emperor Hidden in Chingshui Master Temple
By TTNews Reporter Ou, Yu-Rong
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (TTNews) – “Miaokou is our hangout.” The word “Miaokou” literally means the peripheral area of temple, actually referring to Chingshui Master Temple. Chingshui Master Temple was built around two hundred years ago. Back in the early days, the fields nestled in the peripheral area of the Taipei basin were mostly developed by the immigrants from Anxi. The main deity worshipped here is the Chingshui Master. In 1787, immigrants hailing from Anxi started building their first temple dedicated to the divine ancestor.
The Chingshui Master Temple in Bangka is characterized by its refined carvings and sculptures. The temple itself represents the tradition and culture of Taiwan. Taking a closer look, it is quite easy to notice the exquisite carvings on the walls and columns. It is worth mentioning that each carving has a story or meaning behind it, implying people to do good deeds. If you raise your head looking up, even the ceiling and ridge of the temple are artistically embellished with details.
The temple was once destroyed by the storm in 1817 and burnt down in 1853 during the chaos of widespread clashes and fights between different clans of immigrants hailing from Quanzhou and Anxi. After the Quanzhou immigrants were defeated, most of them moved all the way to Dadaocheng. At present, the temple itself is divided into three halls: the front, the middle and the rear. The rear part of the temple was virtually burnt down during the World War II and left with the remaining damaged columns. It is also worth mentioning that the wooden plaque awarded by the Guangxu Emperor of the Qing Dynasty is still well-preserved in the temple.