Songshan Cihu Palace is located on Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei. The temple was built more than two hundred years ago. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire. Now the temple is newly built on the original site. The main hall is very solemn and elegant in decoration and sculpture.
From Songshan Station to Raohe Night Market, there is an area-occupying temple, Ciyou Palace, commonly known as "Matsu Temple of Songshan", a Taoist temple dedicated to the Holy Mother of Heaven. The temple is a large traditional temple located in the fourth section of Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan. It is situated in the south of the Northern Dynasty. The temple is magnificent and majestic. It has six floors and covers an area of more than 600 square meters. It was built in the reign of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty. Hengzhen (commonly known as Lin Shouyi), a Buddhist monk from Quanzhou in southern Fujian Province, came to Xikou (Songshan District of Taipei City) during the reign of Qianlong. He believed in Mazu, the goddess of the sea. Hengzhen (commonly known as Lin Shouyi) was a goddess of heaven worshipped by Tianhou Temple in Meizhou, Fujian Province. He crossed the sea at Huwei (Freshwater District of Today's Xinbei City) and landed there. Because the local gentry had many ancestors in Quanzhou, he sincerely believed in Mazu, he proposed to leave the golden body to wor It was completed in two years. Unlike other Mazu temples, "Songshan Ciyou Palace" is not facing the water area, but facing the mountain with back water. In geomancy, Songshan Mountain is like carp in shape, with Keelung River in the north and Dajianshan in the south. It is the best "carp cave" in geomancy.
At the end of Raohe Night Market, there are many people coming at night. I didn't expect that there would be worshippers singing sutras at night. The rhythm is still very pleasant, and there is a sense of ritual and solemn. The main hall is a folk belief Temple worshiping the Virgin Mother of Heaven. It is situated in the north and south of China. The temple is magnificent and majestic with six floors. In the evening, the palace was ablaze with lights and could rest in a wooden chair when I was tired.
This is the largest Mazu Temple I have ever seen. The buildings are magnificent, the sculptures are exquisite and the incense is very strong. Don't miss it when you go to Taipei. There are several layers of Huizi structure. There are stairs on both sides to go up and down. Each floor is dedicated to various gods. From Wenchangjun to the Jade Emperor and the Eighteen Arhats, the Chinese gods are almost stuffed in. The main building in the middle is dedicated to Mazu, and the worship route is offered on the wall very thoughtfully.
The Ciyou Palace, located at the entrance of Raohe Street Night Market, is very magnificent. The lighting at night is more brilliant and gorgeous. The fine sculpture shows the excellent construction technology. It is the belief center of the local people. Even at night, there are many pilgrims here to pray for blessings. It is very lively. The nearby Raohe Street Night Market is also very popular and can be called a paradise for food.
Just behind Songshan Station, it's more convenient to have MRT now. Next to it is the east entrance of Raohe Street Night Market, so it is also a place for tourists to visit along the way, especially when there are Festival activities, it is very lively. Although the size of the Ciyou Palace is not very large, the archway is beautifully built and the lights are bright at night. It is said that this temple is dedicated to the Black-faced Mazu. We were on a tour when we went, which opened our eyes.
At the micro end of Raohe Night Market, every time you come to see the Taoist Taoist temple, there is the nature of land temple, the main worship of Mazu Niang. Architecture is still particularly dazzling at night, the incense is very strong, the various religious furnishings and decorations in the building are very beautiful and durable, but this time it is a pity that more than two-storey buildings are being decorated, some disappointment.
One of the characteristics of Taiwan night market is that it must be built near temples. Next to Raohe Street night market is Ciyou Palace. It opens very late here for pilgrims to burn incense and worship Buddha at night. Seeing the incense is so strong, there are many believers.