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Yehliu Harbor Purification Festival

Yehliu Harbor Purification Festival

Festival Info

  • Date:during Lantern Festival / late January to mid-February
  • Venue:Yehliu Baoan Temple
  • Organizer:Wanli District Office, New Taipei City

During every Lantern Festival, Yehliu's unique purifying ritual attracts large numbers of visitors. To appreciate the gods for their kindness, disciples hold a purifying ritual including patrolling and purifying the ocean, purifying the harbor, and carrying the gods over hot coal on the 15th day of the first lunar month every year.

Carrying the gods over hot coals

Carrying the gods over hot coals

Then, the palanquin bearers walk over hot coal in bare feet three times led by the gods; amidst the deafening sound of drums, the gods are carried around the village as people are praying. This harbor purifying activity is unique to Yehliu.

Patrolling and purifying the ocean

Patrolling and purifying the ocean

The gods that go on an “inspection tour” include Kai Zhang Shang Wang (Sacred King – posthumous title of General Chen Yuan-guang), the goddess of the sea─Matsu, General Zhou Cang, and the Land God. Amidst a bustling atmosphere and shouts, strong men carry the god palanquins and jump into the harbor, praying that they will bring back a good catch when they go out to sea and also return safely.

Last Update:2017-11-28
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  • Office (Baisha Bay Visitor Center)
  • No.33-6, Xiayuankeng, Demao Village, Shimen District, New Taipei City, 25341 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2-8635-5100
  • Fax: 886-2-2636-6675
  • Sanzhi Visitor Center
  • No.164-2, Putoukeng, Puping Village, Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, 25245 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2-8635-5143
  • Fax: 886-2-8635-3748
  • Jinshan Visitor Center (Yehliu Service station)
  • No.171-2, Huanggang Rd., Jinshan District, New Taipei City, 20844 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2-2498-8980
  • Fax: 886-2-2498-5290
  • Yehliu Visitor Center
  • No.167-1, Gangdong Rd., Yehliu village, Wanli District, New Taipei City, 20744 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2-2492-2016
  • Fax: 886-2-2492-4519
  • Heping Island Visitor Center
  • No.360, Ping 1st Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City, 20247 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2-2463-5452
  • Fax: 886-2-2463-6987
  • Guanyinshan Visitor Center (Guanyinshan Service station)
  • No.130, Sec. 3, Lingyun Rd., Wugu District, New Taipei City, 24844 googlemap
  • Phone: 886-2292-8888
  • Fax: 886-2-2291-9444