Jiaoxi Xietian Temple

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  • Phone:+886 03 988-2621
  • Address:No.51, Sec. 1, Zhongshan Rd., Jiao River (Jioxi) Township, Yilan County, Taiwan (R.O.C.) View on Map
Jiaoxi Xietian Temple is located at No.51 Zhongshan Road, of Yilan County's Jiaoxi Township. It's also called "Guandi Temple". Because the people of Zhangzhou called Guangong (Lord Guan) "Xietian Emperor", Yilan's Guandi Temple is also known as Xietian Temple. Built in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor, in the beginning there were only three small thatched huts, and only Lord Guan was worshipped. During the reign of Xianfeng, the huts were replaced with earthen tile roofs, and additional east and west wings, and two protective corridors were built. During the reign of Tongzhi, the actual Xietian Temple was finally built. 
The main deity worshipped is Lord Guan; other worshipped deities include Guan Ping, General Zhou Cang, Guanyin, Fude Zhengshen, Emperor Wenwu, and more. The temple possesses treasures as well, such as Taiwan's only "natural silk Lord Guan", an imperial decree tile, and a golden dragon mark. The natural silk Lord Guan was first molded using bamboo wood, before silkworms covered it in silk. Once paint was applied on top, it was finished. The imperial decree card was used back then to order the construction of Xietian Temple. The golden dragon is a gold seal cast by believers and given to the temple. 
Important activities that take place in the temple are the Spring and Autumn festivals, Lord Guan culture week, and Wuchaoqing sacrificial ceremony, in addition to various charity events held from time to time. The Spring and Autumn festivals are held every year on the 13th day of the 1st month of the lunar year calendar. Dances are a prominent activity. The dancers that dance during the sacrifices consist of 16 elementary school children dressed up as members of the Guan army, holding shields on their left hands, and a large hatchet on their right. Two additional dancers hold swords, standing at the left and right. After the performance ends, the temple will send peace biscuits and birthday noodles to attendees. 
Another activity that takes place, the Spring Festival Turtle, takes place from the 13th to the 16th days of the 1st month of the lunar calendar. Lord Guan's ascension day is celebrated through offering sacrfices to show gratitude. Every year, the host must prepare ahead of time and make a large turtle, symbolizing peace and good luck. The large turtle consists of rice-cake, meat patty, gold date, tangerine, and rice-flower turtles. During the Lord Guan culture week, tales regarding his loyalty and righteousness are told. The various turtles are sought out, and cultral relic halls and museums are visited. Wuchaoqing Sacrificial Ceremony is held during the 1st day of the 12th month of the lunar calendar until the 5th day, and it celebrates the founding of the temple. 

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Opening Hours
Everyday 04:00-22:00

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Transportation 
Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Toucheng Interchange → Prov. Hwy 9 → Sec. 2 to Sec. 1, Zhongshan Rd.

Public 
THSR Taipei Station → TRA Jiaoxi Station.
THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → Guo-Guang (Kuo-Kuang) Bus (bound for Yilan, Luodong) to Jiaoxi Hot Spring stop.
THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → Taipei MRT Taipei City Hall Station → Capital Bus (bound for Luodong) to Xietian Temple stop.