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Ta Tien Hou Temple or Matsu Temple, used to be the palace of the exiled Ming prince Chu Shu-kuei until 1683 when it was converted into a temple devoted to Matsu by the Ching general Shi Lang.

Matsu is the “Goddess of Mercy” or "Queen of Heaven". This temple is the oldest official temple to Matsu in all of Taiwan, it faces west on a slope looking out to the old city wharf. Today Tainan is a short distance distance from the sea and the port is called Anping.

I visited the temple few days before the Chinese New Year. It is an important time for the Taiwanese in their preparation for the Lunar New Year which was on Monday, January 26, 2009 — The Year of the Ox. It is a time to honour the Gods and pay homage to one’s Ancestors and the series of photos up-loaded today show people at various shrines within the Matsu Temple.

Thank you for your comments on Tainan night’s market. Hoping you’ll find today’s upload of some interest.
Have a nice evening,

Tags: Taiwan Landscape and travel Republic of china Portraits and people Tainan Matsu temple andta tien hou temple Matsu goddess of the sea

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
24 Feb 2009 6:09PM
Most interesting images, Jean-Noel, and a great write-up, thank you. Carol

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Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
24 Feb 2009 7:16PM
Great capture and series JNC
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
24 Feb 2009 7:49PM
What an interesting set if images JNC.
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
24 Feb 2009 8:35PM
A delightful glimpse of Taiwanese culture and color. Great travel shots, most enjoyable.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
24 Feb 2009 8:40PM
Interesting images. #1 is my favorite. Wonderfully done.....Sandy
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
24 Feb 2009 8:46PM
A great series of images. - gary
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
24 Feb 2009 8:49PM
Wonderful work.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
24 Feb 2009 9:05PM
Superb set
Ray42 9 3 England
24 Feb 2009 9:26PM
Good candids, and interest - excellent write up
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Feb 2009 10:39PM
Enjoyed--- lots of red1
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
25 Feb 2009 7:30AM
Great informations and pictures

25 Feb 2009 12:24PM
wow great info nice shots
cjl47 9 4 3 England
26 Feb 2009 11:08AM
Interesting set.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
26 Feb 2009 9:23PM
They are known to be religious, great shots JNC
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 10:58PM
Lovely set once more and nice write up
sillygirl 9 9 Sweden
1 Mar 2009 8:29AM
Great shots, and your writing makes them even more interesting. Grin
MorneR 10 South Africa
17 Apr 2009 2:15PM

Great series. My favourite one by far is no.4 love it.


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