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Eighteen Wang Gong Temple

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  • Eighteen Wang Gong Temple

This temple, which is notable for its bronze statue of a dog, has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that sometime during the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 17 merchants and a dog died during a rough crossing from mainland China. The dog, which had tried to save its master, was buried together with the merchants, and their grave became a shrine called 18 Kings Temple.

Apart from the dog, another singular practice is associated with the temple. The legend goes that the 17 merchants were fond of smoking, so many worshippers offer cigarettes at the shrine, lighting them and placing them in stands, just as they do with incense.

18 Kings Temple is a popular place of worship and is especially busy at night, when large crowds visit to make offerings of incense and food.

Travel Information

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

Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at Keelung / Jin Mountain (Jinshan) Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2 →Township Road North 21→Eighteen Wang Gong Temple


Take the THSR or TRA to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Tamsui Station, then take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle(Crown Northern Coast line) to Eighteen Wang Gong Temple.

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Last update time: 2019-03-14
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