The metro maps refer to the temple as Xingtian Temple and my iPhone location notation above each of my photos notes this as Hsingtien Temple. I think this can also be called Xing Tian Gong or Hsing Tien Kong, with the latter word of each name referring to it being a temple.
Both ways, this temple is impressive and beautiful and full of faithful individuals offering prayers and coming to receive blessings. Apparently this was built in honor of Guan Yu, a very loyal and accomplished businessman.
It was built in the 1960s and is in the Zhongshan District of Taipei. There is a Zhongshan metro stop but we got off at the Xingtian Temple stop.
Many people are waiting in line to go in front of the temple and the representations of Guan Yu and other Deities in the center of the temple.
The volunteers at the temple said photography is just fine. Not a problem at all. I didn't feel comfortable snapping photos until spending some time absorbing the essence of the atmosphere and praying. There are pictures showing how you bowed three times while praying with hands together. We tried following that exactly although the volunteer we spoke with said sincerity is the most important thing. I really like that philosophy.
We waiting in line and received blessings, too. Burning incenses were moved around our body as the blessing of safety and protection was being offered. That is my understanding of what happened.
The building itself was beaitiful, with dragon motif and gorgeously painted wood carving details.
Outside the temple are impressive red panels that appear to be decorative doors. Many yellow knobs adorn the door and golden writing boarders each red panel.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to visit this beautiful and peaceful temple. What a blessing. It is always lovely to witness places and activities that inspire sincere and kind spirituality. And it is such a special moment to experience positive, peaceful vibes.
Photos by Jules @ Quirky Wanderlust