Attraction qingshui zushi temple in sanxia, No. 1, Zhangfu St, Sanxia District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 237 Published on: 19-11-2015
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Why Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple in Sanxia is special ?
Qingshui Master Temple was built in 1769. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake in 1833 and was rebuilt in 1867. However, during 1895, it was burned down by the Japanese army. After World War II, the restoration was led by the renowned artist Li Mei Shu. The restored temple presents refined carvings and sculptures and it is the work of Taiwanese artists. Qingshui Master is also known as Machang Master or Penglai Master. He was an expert in medicine and a wizard. In memory of Qingshui Master, local people built a temple to worship him. The temple is a third grade historic site and is one of the three major temples in Taipei.
There are five gates in front of Qingshui Master Temple, which symbolizes its honorable and prestigious status. The stone sculptures and carvings in the temple are the works of experienced sculptors. The stone lions at the front gate are so lively and refined. The lions are designed by Mr. Li himself, featuring a more energetic and dynamic style
What to explore at Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple in Sanxia?
Zushi Temple is particularly unique for its bird art, with the life-like birds carved in pillars and wall decorations. There are two stone pillars with fifty birds on each; all these bird species have been identified by bird enthusiasts. According to Chinese folklore, these hundred birds honor the phoenix, the kind of birds. However, upon closer examination, we see these birds are bowing to the floral decorations instead. The flowers are actually plum blossoms on a plum tree. “Plum tree” in Chinese is “Mei-shu” – another piece of humor with the subtle aggrandizing pun on Professor Li’s name.
The temple is also known as a “Palace of Oriental Art” and we can see the global influences in the bronze sculpture and gate reliefs. The bronze sculptures of guards are in the Indian style with its idealized leaned bodies, unlike the brolic build warriors following Chinese aesthetics.
Further into the temple, there are steps that lead to a back terrace and more rooms with shrines
There are blank panels towards the back of the temple. The names at the bottom of these panels are dedicated to those who have helped fund and sponsor the reconstruction process and are just waiting to be decorated.
How to get to Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple in Sanxia?
Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Sanying Interchange → Fuxing Rd. → Dazhi Rd. → Zhongshan Rd. → Minquan St. → Changfu St. → Sanxia Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple
THSR Banqiao Station (or TRA Banqiao Station) → Taipei City Bus (No. 702, No. 705, No. 812, No. 910) to Sanxia (Sansia) Old Street stop
qingshui zushi temple in sanxia, No. 1, Zhangfu St, Sanxia District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 237