Queen of Heaven (Matsu) Temple

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  • Phone:+886 362 2913
  • Address:No.4-1, Matsu Vil., Nangan Township, Lienchiang County 20942, Taiwan View on Map
Matsu Island's name is closely related to the goddess of the sea, Mazu, believed by the coastal inhabitants of China. According to legend, after Mazu threw herself overboard into the sea to save her father, her body drifted into the bay of a village. After the villagers discovered her, she was buried, and her burial place became a place to worship Mazu. Therefore, this island is also called "Mazu Island", now known as "Matsu". During the Ming Dynasty, Mazu recieved the title of "Princess of Heaven", and during Kangxi's reign during the Qing Dynasty, she became "Tianhou", or Empress of Heaven. Therefore, temples dedicated to Mazu are called "Tianhou Gong", and centers for Mazu worship. Every year during the 23rd day of the third month of the lunar calendar, is Mazu's birthday and commemoration. If the most lively event on Taiwan is the Mazu procession that takes place in Dajia Town's Lan Temple, then for the surrounding islands, it would be Mazu's Tianhou Temple. The activities that take place bring together people from both sides, and is bustling and lively. It always attracts many believers to come and join. The Mazu of Mazu Tianhou Temple is also the first deity to have scaled the Himalayas as well! Mr. Li Xiaoshi, a painter and mountaineer from Mazu's birthplace, vowed to bring a golden statue of Mazu to the top of the world's four tallest peaks. After he successfully conquered the Himalayas, he offered the statue of Mazu to the Mazu Tianhou Temple, for future visitors to admire. If you  have the chance, you can visit the Tianhou Temple and see it for yourself! 

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