Yilan Zhaoying Temple

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  • Phone:+886 03 935-3536
  • Address:No.106, Sec. 3, Zhongshan Rd., Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan (R.O.C.) View on Map
Yilan's Zhaoying Temple is located at No.106, Section 3, Zhongshan Road, Yilan City, Yilan County. It's also known as "Tianhou Gong", and was established by the emperor during the 13th year of Qing rule, under the Jiaqing reign. It's considered a grade 3 national monument. The original building was situated facing west to east and towards the ocean, with the intention of blessing ships going out to sea. After its relocation, it was expanded into a three-palace-hall style temple, and was changed to face east to west. It's now Taiwan's only Mazu temple to face the mountains. The former location has been turned into a stage. During the Japanese occupation era, the Cultural Association and People's Party held lectures and opera performances at the temple's public plaza. On the walls of the temple, you can come across information on all sorts of gezaixi (Chinese operas).
The building's construction layout is long and narrow, featuring characteristic stone and wood carvings. In particular, there's the dragon pillars located underneath the eaves of Sanchuan Hall, as well as green lions, stone pillows, and wall stopper. The door stopper's thin wooden engravings are adorned with rich decorations. An ancient bell is located under front porch of the main hall, at 110 centimeters tall. Its entrance is wavy, and its manufactured year and donor name can be found cast on top. It's an old bell rarely seen nowadays. In addition, there's also many old inscribed tablets, all from the Qing Dynasty. 
The main god worshipped at the temple is Mazu. Other gods worshipped include Guanyin and Duke of Water. 



Opening Hours
Everyday 08:00-20:00

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Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Yilan Interchange → Sec.3, Dafu Rd. to Sec.2, Dafu Rd. → Sec.5, Zhongshan Rd. to Sec.3, Zhongshan Rd. → Zhaoying Temple

Take train to Yilan Station, then walk 10 minutes, follow the Guangfu Rd. and Zhongshan Rd. to Yilan Zhaoying Temple.