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Grand Mazu Temple (Ming King Ning Jing Mansion)(祀典大天后宮(明寧靖王府邸))

Traveler rating:4 114 Reviews 4.6

Updated:2018-12-13

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Introduce

Grand Mazu Temple was originally the Ming King Ning Jing Mansion(寧靖王朱術桂府邸). In 1683 Shi Lang led his army across the sea to Taiwan and defeated Zheng Ke-shuang. Afterwards, in order to win the hearts of the people, the Qing court converted the Ning Jing Mansion into a temple worshipping Mazu. It was the first government-established Matsu temple in Taiwan. Upon entering the temple, you can see a huge golden Mazu statue, with Gods of Clairvoyance and Clairaudience The rear hall worships Yue Lao, God of Marriage, so single men and women often come here to pray by putting powder and red lines on the body. The powder can attract fate, and reportedly many matches have already been made. Some have even come from Japan to Taiwan to pray to the shrine and then found a beauty to take back home with them! Yet another legend of Datianhou.

Information

TEL +886-6-2211178

Address West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, R.O.C

Category Religious Temples、Culture

Email tainanmazu@yahoo.com.tw

Opening Hours Free entry, open all year round

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Traveler rating:4.0 114 Reviews Write a Review

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  3. 29 Average
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  5. 34 Excellent

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  1. 22 Families
  2. 27 Couples
  3. 31 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 23 Friends
  • Anonymous855

    Trabuco Canyon, California

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Very good temple, running movies in the parking lot that night :)

    Traveler rating:5 2019-04

    We enjoyed the humor of the screen and projector showing "Pirates of the Caribbean" in English to anyone who wanted to pause in the parking area in front of the temple. People were sitting on their scooters and on small plastic chairs. I was seriously tempted to join them but I have seen this move so many times.
  • Bowi72

    Kriftel, Germany

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Must visit living temple

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    This temple is not to be missed, it is very lively, people are walking in and out to do their daily worships. You can just walk-in and observe what’s happening, as long as you do not disturb the locals. The air is full of incents and there are some really beautifully carved stone-dragon pillars, especially at the entrance. Don’t forget to look at the roof too, it is telling its own story, it is full with little figurines, dragons and phoenixes. There is no admission fee asked for.
  • jamesc898989

    Burnaby, Canada

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Nice temple

    Traveler rating:5 2019-01

    There are countless temples in this area of Tainan, and this is one of the bigger famous ones. Worth a visit.
  • tieneit

    Penang, MY

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Oldest temple with English translation

    Traveler rating:4 2018-12

    This is one of the oldest temple worshipping Matsu, Goddess of the sea. There's English translation on the history of the temple and introduction for each deity statues.
  • Bryan H

    Portland, Oregon

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    A lot to see at this temple complex!

    Traveler rating:5 2018-12

    In addition to the usual sights, the day we went a bus load or two of people on a pilgrimage came here for a ceremony that was dramatic and mesmerizing, but I have no idea what was really going on. Lots of flute/trumpet playing, drums inside being hit, and general commotion that kept us mesmerized. I want to go back to this temple later to fully take in all the details. Too much to grasp the first time around, I think. Very active. Later, we heard a lot of firecrackers being set off in front of this temple!

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