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The lower entrance to the Guandu temple
This is one of the 3 most famous temples in Taiwan honoring Ma-tsz, a girl born in the 10th century in China who is said to have special powers to heal people, save fishermen from storms at sea or floods and may be an incarnation of the Kuan-Yin. She ascended to the heavens when she was 28, but appears in various places when people pray to her, especially to sailors or fishermen at sea. She has been worshiped in both China and Taiwan for more than 1000 years.

Guandu temple was originally built in the 17th century so it has a long history. But most of the buildings I saw were pretty new or new looking.  The temple is situated near Tan-Shui River (the fresh water river). Some of the lower buildings did not impress me too much, especially the tunnel full of gaudy looking sculptures of various dieties, but luckily I did not stop there, and went up higher, the top temple was really beautifully constructed, and I took lots of pictures so you can see for yourself. On January 15 of the lunar calendar, this templ has a real popular lantern exhibit and is supposed to draw a huge crowd.
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The lower entrance to the Guandu t…
The lower entrance to the Guandu …
The street level Guandu temple
The street level Guandu temple
The inside roof of a tunnel inside…
The inside roof of a tunnel insid…
The many armed Kuan-Yin
The many armed Kuan-Yin
Climbing up to a higher level in t…
Climbing up to a higher level in …
The outside of the top temple, wit…
The outside of the top temple, wi…
A door guarding lion at the top le…
A door guarding lion at the top l…
The inside of the top level temple
The inside of the top level temple
The fine carving on the wall of th…
The fine carving on the wall of t…
Another part of the lower temple w…
Another part of the lower temple …
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