Attraction Temple of the Eighteen Lords Published on: 19-11-2015
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Why Eighteen Wang Gong Temple (Shi Ba Wang Gong/Temple of the Eighteen Lords) is special ?
Eighteen Wang Gong Temple, which is notable for its bronze statue of a dog, has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that sometime during the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 17 merchants and a dog died during a rough crossing from mainland China. The dog, which had tried to save its master, was buried together with the merchants, and their grave became a shrine called 18 Kings Temple.
Apart from the dog, another singular practice is associated with the temple. The legend goes that the 17 merchants were fond of smoking, so many worshippers offer cigarettes at the shrine, lighting them and placing them in stands, just as they do with incense.
18 Kings Temple is a popular place of worship and is especially busy at night, when large crowds visit to make offerings of incense and food.
What to explore at Eighteen Wang Gong Temple (Shi Ba Wang Gong/Temple of the Eighteen Lords)?
There are two entrances to the Temple. One goes through a covered arcade with scores of game stalls, as well as a few food and 'pinang' stalls. From here a sign in Chinese guides you to a narrow staircase towards the Temple. Skip this little street unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
The other entrance is past the waterfall if you continue along the same road. Brown-rice-and-pork parcels and spicy shells seem to be a specialty here. There are also a few drink stalls to quench one's thirst in the blistering heat of summer days.
It is believed that whatever you ask for at this Temple will come true. No wonder even famous people from Taiwan's entertainment industry come here in the hope to fulfill their wishes.
So if you want to catch a glimpse of the who's-who of Taiwan, pay a visit to the Eighteen Lords Temple early in the morning and you might be rewarded!
How to get to Eighteen Wang Gong Temple (Shi Ba Wang Gong/Temple of the Eighteen Lords)?
Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at Keelung / Jin Mountain (Jinshan) Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2 →Township Road North 21→Eighteen Wang Gong Temple
Take the THSR or TRA to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Tamsui Station, then take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle(Crown Northern Coast line) to Eighteen Wang Gong Temple.
Additionally, you can use these following ways to go there as long as it helps you feel convenient:
By bus: Take Tamshui Motor Transport Co. bus from Danshuei (淡水) to JinShan (金山), ShihMen (石門), or Keelung (基隆). The bus stop is a 100 meters south of the temple. Tell the driver in advance that you want to stop at the Shih Ba Wang Gong.
By car: Drive past Shihmen on the Taiwan Highway 2. Look out for a brown sign around the 31km mark saying "Shih Ba Wang Gong Temple." Take the road on the right. The first parking area takes you to the temple through the game stalls while the other one, is right before the temple entrance.
Temple of the Eighteen Lords