Yeliou Baoan Temple

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  • Phone:+886 2 2492 5659
  • Address:No.69, Gangdong, Wanli Dist., New Taipei City 20744, Taiwan View on Map
Located by the Yeliou Fishing Port, it has peacefully guided fishing ships in and out of the port for hundreds of years, in addition to serving as spiritual guidance for fishermen. The two single-story tall general statues outside the temple attract much passer-by. The temple mainly worships Kai Zhang Sheng Wang, the Sacred King, who has blessed Yeliou and the people of Yeliou for well over a hundred years. According to an old saying, during Year 25 of the Jiaqing Era of the Qing Dynasty, villagers discovered a boat full of building materials just off of Yeliou’s shores. Yet the boat was unmanned, except for a statue in the image of a god. The statue was identified as Kai Zhang Sheng Wang, or the Sacred King, General Chen Yuanguang. Every year during the first month and fifteenth day of the lunar calendar, the harbor purification festival is held. Mazu is worshipped on February 15th  along with Kai Zhang Sheng Wang while October 10th is the sea-jumping activity. It’s all organized by Baoan Temple, and are very important religious customs for the residents of Yeliou. The “Deity Fire Crossing” and the “Deity Purification” ceremonies are two activities unique to Taiwan. The “Deity Purification” ceremony aims to ward off evil spirits, and hopes for divine blessings to continue protecting Yeliou Fishing port as well as safety for the fishing boats. During the duration of the activity, an image of the deities will be placed on a palanquin and lifted up by four able-bodied men. First it is carried and paraded throughout the village. And then the carriers jump, along with the palanquin, into the water. They will then swim to the opposite shore, and commence with the fire crossing ceremony. This sort of water and fire activity is currently a seldom-seen folk festival in Taiwan. 

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Opening Hours
Everyday 06:00-21:00

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Transportation:
Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Jijin Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2 → Yeliu (Yeliou)

Public:
1. THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → Kuo-kuang Bus (bound for Jinshan Youth Activity Center) to Yeliu stop.
2. TRA Keelung Station → Keelung Bus (bound for Jinshan) to Yeliu stop.