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Changhua Nanyao Temple


 History

  It was located in the bricklin outside the south gate, thus it has the name of Nanyao Temple. It is said that the earliest joss sticks and candles of Nanyao Temple were brought by ChienYang from Peikang, a worker at the bricklin during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty. When ChienYang went back to Peikang, he left the joss sticks and candles at the bricklin. The joss sticks and candles, absorbing local spirit, shone colorful lights in the evening. Neighbors all were amazed. Local gentry raised funds to build a temple which was completed in 1738 and named as "Mazu Temple". In November 1874, the name "Maze Temple" was formally changed to "Nanyao Temple". It lasts for over 200 years.

  Changhua Nanyao Temple was one of the four major Mazu Temples in Taiwan in the early Qing Dynasty. (The other three major Mazu temples are Tainan Grand Matsu Temple, Lukang Mazu Temple and Yunlin Beigang Chaotian Temple). It has three collections of buildings with the style of the Qing Dynasty, western style of the Japanese Occupation Period and the modern style of the Republic of China. Besides, the precious works of stone carving by the craftsman Xin Jiang from the mainland are called the art hall of stone carving.

▲ Figure 3-2-1 : Woodcarving of dragon ornamentation on the plaque of Changhua Nanyao Temple (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲ Figure 3-2-2 : Group photo of Dragon Seekers in front of f Changhua Nanyao Temple(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

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 Sanchuan Hall



▲ Figure 3-2-4 : Two dragons heading towards three deities(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 3-2-5 : Azure Dragon on the rooftop ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-6 :Stone carving of right-wall tiger(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-7 :Stone carving of left-wall tiger ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure 3-2-8 : Sanchuan Hall(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 4-7-1 : Dragon Door deities are rare in Sanchuan Hall, so imperial-level temples can present the deities in dragon totem( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure 3-2-9 : Ao Dragon in Sanchuan Hall is used to pray for spitting water to extinguish fire (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 5-3-3 : Teachers' introduction of culture and history to Dragon Door deities ( Source :Provided by the Sightseeing Section of Changhua City Office )

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 Main Hall

▲ Figure 3-2-10 :Main hall of Nanyao Temple (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 3-2-11 : Two dragons worshiping at the tower ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-12 :The four corners of the main hall are presented with Dragon and phoenix bringing prosperity image, indicating the religious significance of auspicious sign and soothing people.  (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-13 :Azure Dragon and dragon head ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-14 :two dragons grabbing a ball (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-15 :The shrine is like a small palace with abundant woodcarving craft. ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )

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 Hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva

▲ Figure 3-2-16 :Hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva (the formal main hall of Nanyao Temple)  (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 3-2-17 :When the Changhua Nanyao Temple was constructed, it broke away from the traditional western style of the Hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva, and it is rare in Taiwan's traditional temples and becomes a characteristic complex of Nanyao Temple. The hall was originally the main hall of Nanyao Temple, but due to the dislike and exclusion of believers, the temple could only build a new main hall in front of the original hall in the name of dilapidation. ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-18 :Although it is a temple of Western style, the builders still added the Chinese dragon element of half fish and half dragon in the way of "Chiwen" o pray for the superhuman strength of suppressing fire and ward off evil spirits.(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 4-3-2 :Rooftop with Japanese-style black tiles ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure6-5-12 :Dragon column in the hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-19 :Pool in the hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva ( Source: :Provided by the Sightseeing Section of Changhua City Office )
▲ Figure3-2-19-1 :Western-style shrine without dragon ornamentation representation(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-19-2 :Western chandeliers and Western-style copper ceilings ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-19-3 :The mirror design that has never seen in Chinese temples (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-19-4 :Western-style wall decorations of 18 arhat in Changhua Nanyao Temple Hall of Avalokitesvara Buddhisatva ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )


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Rear hall (Tinggong Hall)

▲ Figure 3-2-20 :Rear hall is a modern cement building (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers)

▲Figure 3-2-21 : Two dragons worshiping at the tower at the rooftop ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-22 :Azure Dragon and Dragon Head (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-23 :Two Dragons Grabbing a Ball ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-24 :Left-wall Dragon Totem(Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-25 :Right-wall Tiger Totem ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )
▲ Figure3-2-26 :Two dragons grabbing a ball on the shrine (Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers ) ▲Figure 3-2-27 :Elements of crocodile on the wooden dragon ( Source: Photo by Dragon Seekers )

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