Xigang Qingan Temple(西港慶安宮)
Known as the “first temple under heaven,” Qingan Temple(慶安宮) was built in 1712. Since 1784, the wang jiao da dian, the grand King Boat Ceremony, has been held every three years, and is also known as Gua Xiang. During the ceremony, the temple procession goes along the bank of the Zengwen River, attracting many followers. Of the many temple festivals of Tainan, this is the only one that is designated a “National Taiwanese Folk Custom.” The temple is huge; while ordinary temples don’t have large heavenly general statues at the side of the door gods, this temple has a large heavenly general statue standing guard at every door, creating a stunning effect. When visiting Qingan Temple, as well as admiring the beautiful temple architecture and experiencing the ceremonial culture, don’t forget to try the delicious soy-stewed pork rice with shrimps in Xigang Market in front of the temple; this is a delicious and unmissable local dish.
Address Xigang Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, R.O.C
Category Religious Temples
Open Hours Free entry, open all year round
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