【英文之坑】行天宮(Hsing-Tian Temple)


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Today (2017/07/07), Philip, my language exchange friend, and I visited Hsing-Tian Temple (行天宮, Hsing-Tian Kong) together to did our language exchange program. There are 2 reasons for why I recommend Hsing-Tian temple. First it is very convenient to arrive this scene since it’s near to MRT Hsing-Tian temple station. Then it also is the must-visit scene in Taipei for foreign friends.

I did prepare some brief introduction about Hsing-Tian temple for him. Although my English is too poor to explain more information, I did survey some material from web and learn how to re-phrase them as my words. I have some interesting experiences in Hsing-Tian temple to share with Philip as more as possible. I tried to teach him how to use Poe divination(擲筊), Philip learned and got the “上上籤”. Also, I brief introduce the story of “Three Kingdoms“ (三國演義) and leading general Kuan Yu (關羽, 關公). In Taipei, most of people called him as “恩主公”.

Hsing-Tian temple is one of the most popular Taoists (道教) temple in Taipei and advocates in building a harmonic society from the philosophies of Confucian and Buddhist. In Taipei, there are some famous and elder temples which builded hundreds of years ago, ex: Dalongdong Baoan Temple (大龍峒保安宮, commenced in 1804), Lungshan Temple of Manka (艋岬龍山寺, constructed in 1738). However, Hsing-Tian temple is constructed in 1967, the relatively youngest temple in Taiwan.

Hsing-Tian Temple locates in the center of Taipei city, the corner of intersection between Minquan-East road (民權東路) and SongJiang road (松江路), Zhongshan District. Another benefit is the transportation is very convenient for people to visit Hsing-Tian temple since it closes to MRT Hsing-Tian Temple station. Amazing record is that over 20,000 people visit this temple every day. Also, it becomes the must-visit tourist destination and remarkable temple in Taipei city.

By the way, there is a Hsing-Tian Temple underpass avenue, the famous “Fortunetelling Street” in Taipei. Tourist also visit numerous fortune telling stands when sightseeing Hsing-Tian Temple, and the fortune tellers would offer answers to people who has troubles.

In 2014, the temple committee announced to removing offering tables and no longer offering incense to visitors, a very great move on part of the temple in Taiwan. Also burning ghost money in Hsing-Tian Temple is also forbidden. This change not only protect the environment to reduce air pollution, but also be the pioneer model to establish perfect modern temple.