This temple was built in 1870. Legend has it that one night, when some fishermen were on their way back to harbor, they saw a light emanating from halfway up a mountain (the present site of the temple) leading them home safely. Soon after, the curious fishermen walked up the mountain to find the source of the light. They found a cave in which a gilded statue of Mazu and another of Xuantian Shangdi (God of the Northern Heaven) were sitting on a rock. The fishermen believed the statues were the source of the light, and built a temporary grass altar to worship them. Later, they built a temple and named it Shuntian Temple.
This is one of the oldest of the 70-odd Kai Zhang Sheng Wang(General Chen Yuan-guan) temples in Taiwan. It has a number of relics, with the pair of stone candle holders unusual in style and rarely seen anywhere else. They are said to date back to the time the temple was built, over 200 years ago. There is also a Kai Zhang Sheng Wang memorial tablet that is also old and precious.
Fucheng Temple (Sanzhi Mazu Temple)
This is one of the oldest of the 70-odd temples of Kaizhang Shengwang (General Chen Yuan-guan) in Taiwan. It has a number of relics, and the most notable are a pair of stone candle holders, unusual in style and rarely seen anywhere else. They are said to date back to the time the temple was built, 200 years ago. There is also a memorial tablet which is old and precious.
Commonly called Mazu Temple, it enshrines Mazu, the deity most commonly worshiped by the people of Taiwan, especially in the coastal areas. The carvings on the dragon pillars at the front of the temple show a high degree of craftsmanship. Also, the pairs of pillars along the corridor are worthy of special attention.
The temple, commonly called “Neiyan,” was originally built in 1739. In the early 1880s it was burned to the ground by soldiers and later rebuilt on the same site, and named Lingyun Ancient Temple. There are still a number of old plaques, steles, and other cultural relics in the temple.