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Wanchuen Temple (Ten Thousand Springs Temple) (萬春宮) is one of Taichung's oldest temples. It was constructed around 1730, and rebuilt and renovated numerous times. The temple honors the Daoist deity Ma-tsu (Matzu) (媽祖), the goddess of the sea. It is one of Taichung's most photogenic temples, though it is rather small. Outside the temple is a small incinerator where many Chinese burn fake paper money for their ancestors. Inside, you'll find a statue of Ma-tsu, as well as a few other Daoist deities. Ma-tsu is also called Tianshangshengmu (The Holy Mother in Heaven) (天上聖母); if you look at the four pillars at the side entrance of the temple, you'll find out the first word on each column spells out her name. Similarly, look at the pillars at the main entrance, and you'll see the words Wanchuen.
Ma-tsu was a highly worshipped goddess in ancient Taiwan (she still is today, but not so much), because she was the one fishermen would go to to ask for a safe trip.
Directions: Near the Taichung City Government
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