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Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple (Official God of War Temple)

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  • Entrance, Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple
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This temple, along with the Confucius Temple, is known as one of the oldest and best-preserved temples in Taiwan. Just when it was originally built is not known, but according to legend it was in the mid-17th century, during the Ming dynasty's Yungli reign. During the Qing dynasty, this was where government officials offered sacrifices to the god.

The God of War (Guandi or Guangong) worshipped here holds a heavy sword and rides a swift horse. His mortal origin was as a general of the late Han dynasty (early 3rd century) who, because of his behavior, becomes a symbol of uprightness and loyalty to later generations and was finally deified. He is said to have been good at managing finances and to have invented a method of accounting, and so is also worshipped (by businessmen, especially) as the God of Commerce.

The entrance to this temple has a particularly high threshold, and for a reason. In the old days, it is said, women were banned from the temple and the high threshold was designed to keep them out.

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(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)

Nat'l Fwy 1 → Exit at the Yongkang Interchange → Prov. Hwy 1 → Zhongzheng S. Rd. → Gongyuan Rd. →Sec. 2, Minzu Rd. → Sec.2, Yongfu Rd.

  1. Take TRA to Tainan Station, transfer Anping Taijiang Route 99 (Only available during weekends and national holidays) to Chikanlou stop.
  2. Take TRA to Tainan Station, transfer Tainan City Bus No.3, 5 to Chikanlou stop.


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Last update time: Oct 27, 2023
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