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Nantian Temple(Gold Mazu. Jade Mazu)


The villagers in Nanfang'ao make a living with fishing. The fishermen fight against the tides and bad weather on the raging sea. For better weather and better catch, many families worship Mazu at home; they hope that the fishermen can always come home safe with big catch. Nantian Temple, built in 1956, is the local religious center and also the spiritual sustenance for the fishermen. The golden statue of Mazu, donated by the believers, weighing 200 kilograms, has attracts many believers and tourists to the temple, and is one of the special features of Nantian Temple, along with the jade Mazu statue made of a huge rough rock in the temple and the five Mazu statues that came from Meizhou. With these treasured statues sitting inside, Nantian Temple has been a popular temple full of believers at all time.


17, Jiangxia Road, Su'ao Township, Yilan County, Su'ao Township, Yilan County Taiwán, R.O.C
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  • Geoff C


    A delightful temple in a busy fishing port well worth a visit

    4 2020-01

    In January 2020 my wife and I included a 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan as part of our 18 day Asian trip we arranged to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. On day one of the tour, on the way to Taroko National Park from Taipei, we made a stop for lunch at Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in Su’ao Township, located in the south eastern corner of Yilan County on the north eastern coast of Taiwan and 75 km drive from Taipei. As well as being a busy fishing port, Nanfang'ao is home to the Nantian Temple dedicated to Matsu (Mazu), goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. The Nantian Temple is a three story building. A climb up the steps to the top balcony of the temple is well worth the effort because from the top you get a magnificent vista of the fishing port in all its splendour. The temple roof adorned with dragon figures is so ornate and offers a wonderful foreground to the excellent view of the village and the harbour from this vantage point. There is a feature statue of the Matsu on each of the three floors of the Temple. There is a statue of Matsu with a human face, a black –faced statue of Matsu made of jade and a gold Matsu statue made from 200 kilograms of gold. In addition to these three main statues there are also five Matsu statues in the Temple that originated from Meishou in mainland China. The Temple is beautifully presented and elaborately decorated. We were fortunate that there were not many other people visiting the Temple during our visit there. This enabled us to take a closer look at the Temple's many enduring features. We enjoyed a great seafood lunch in an unpretentious restaurant in one of the main streets, one of many that can be found in the village. The tour of the Nantian Temple was an added bonus and was a pleasing and moving experience. In our view it is an attraction not to be missed if travellers happen to plan to visit or just happen to stumble upon Nanfang’ao Fishing Port in their travels.
  • galtraveller22011

    Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

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    Friends getaway

    Beautiful temple with lots of gold, jade and carvings

    4 2019-05

    This is the Machu temple for the Sea Goddess. The temple is full beautiful staues in gold, jade, and other precious stones. So spectacular since there are many statues in the different floors of the temple. At the top floor, one can see a view of Yilan. The roof of the temple is intricately carved, very colorful.
  • sstj

    St. John

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    Must See Buddhist Temple

    5 2016-10

    The temple of the "sea goddesses" is really spectacular in regard to the statues. Gold, jade, jewels, & neon lights. Wow!
  • superflyaoe



    5 2019-11

  • antonychu123

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    4 2020-03


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