Chiang are the judge of the good and the evil
and responsible for guarding good people against
evil and danger.
||Ching Shan Temple
at Wanhua, 218, Section 2, Kuei-yang
||By Bus: Go to Tsushih
Temple by bus routes 0 West, 205, 218,
302, 601, 635, 637
Alias Ching Shan Palace or Ching Shan Mansion,
Ching Shan Temple was built in 1856 (6th Year
of Emperor Hsian Feng of the Ching Dynasty).
The temple mainly worships Lin-an Chun Wang,
or simply Ching Shan Wang. According to the
legend, in 1854 (4th year of Emperor Hsian
Feng of the Ching Dynasty) a fisherman from
Huei An County, Chuan Chou Fu, Fujian, invited
Lin-An Chun Wang from the temple at his hometown
by Yi Hsiang to Meng Chia. He landed at Wang
Kung Kao (near the second water gate at the
end of Zhangsha Street now) and went along
the Old Street (Section 1 of Ziyuan Road now).
Suddenly, the god’s carriage became very heavy
and he could not lift it. The fisherman then
burn incense and asked for the god’s opinion.
As the god conveyed to the fisherman that he
wanted to resided at the location, the fisherman
did not go any further. On that site, he built
a small temple to worship the god and beg for
peace and prosperity. Back then, a plague was
torturing Meng Chia; both people and animals
were infected with it. Death was everywhere.
However, the people that came to worship the
god could be exempt from the disaster; likewise,
his worshippers became more and more.
On October 23 of the
Lunar Calendar, it is the birthday of the Ching
Shan Wang and the Meng Chia region will celebrate
the event with a big temple fair. On October 20
and 21, Ching Shan Wang will take his troops to
inspect the region in plain clothes. On the 22nd,
there will be a grand inspection tour around the
district activity. On that day each year, a great
temple parade will be held. The pageant will tour
around the region, which will be packed with the
people, making the place lively. This temple fair
can be compared with the inspection tour of Cheng
Huang Ritual of Hsia Hai Cheng Huang
Temple and the Emperor Pao
Sheng Ritual at Taitaocheng.
They are renowned as the three major temple fairs
in Taipei, the major religious events in the district!