Grand Mazu Temple (Ming King Ning Jing Mansion)(祀典大天后宮(明寧靖王府邸))
Trabuco Canyon, California
Very good temple, running movies in the parking lot that night :)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.
Must visit living templeThis 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.
Nice templeThere are countless temples in this area of Tainan, and this is one of the bigger famous ones. Worth a visit.
Oldest temple with English translationThis 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.
A lot to see at this temple complex!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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