The Shoushanyan Guanyin Temple
Taoyuan has abundant variations of religious resource and multiple options for religious belief, including six of which that are listed in the “100 Religious Attractions in Taiwan” by Ministry of the Interior:
The texts and figures are extracted from the Taiwanese Religious Map- 100 Religious Attractions in Taiwan: https://www.taiwangods.com/html/landscape_EN/1_001.aspx?
1.The Shoushanyan Guanyin Temple- One of the rare temples in Taiwan named by the Chinese Emperor
A.Layouts of the Front and Main Hall Construction：The Shoushanyan Guanyin Temple is a temple with two entries and two protecting dragons (two entries to be passed in order to reach into the building, and protecting dragon means the right and left wings of the traditional Chinese sanheyuan or siheyuan), the Front and Main Hall with three open rooms applied the construction style in the 4th year of Taisho era of Japanese colonization period (1915). The dragon stone pillars in the front corridor were sculpted out of Andesite with the major feature of the curve-shaped dragons being at the interior side instead of the front. The Main Hall is the space for worshiping, the extended frameworks as well as the simple and prudent decorations all illustrate the solemn atmosphere. The stone dragon pillars at the Gate Hall and Main Hall are presented in the form of stone carving: semi-relief style for most of the figures, shallow relief for flowers and birds, and the most vivid scheme relief style for animals.
B.The Plaque of “Helping the Majority with Mercy” by Ha-dana:The Plaque of “Helping the Majority with Mercy” written by Ha-dana, the Navy Admiral of Fujian and the Army General of Taiwan, is still hanged in the Main Hall of the Temple. Ha-dana was a faithful Buddhist, he funded and constructed The Shoushanyan Guanyin Temple, officially gave it the name of “Shoushanyan”, in the 2nd year of Jiaqing era of the Qing Dynasty (1797) when he held a concurrent post as the Army General of Taiwan. The Plaque of “Helping the Majority with Mercy” had witnessed the construction history of Shoushanyan.
C.Mascot of the Temple- The God Turtle and The Divine Crane:The God Turtle and The Divine Crane in in the garden of Shoushanyan are the mascots of the temple. Especially for the God Turtle, with the body of a turtle and head of a dragon, it was said to be the Chinese ancient sacred beast representing the concept of longevity.
D.Garden of Locus Pond:There is a gorgeous artificial “Locus Pond” at the front of Shoushanyan with bridges, rockery, waterfalls that portraying the garden scenery in the Southern China with the Koi swimming happily in the water and the willows swinging gently in the breeze, presenting a poetic scene.
Address:No.111, Ln. 6, Sec. 2, Wanshou Rd., Lin-ding Village, Guishan Dist., Taoyuan City
Fee:Free of charge
- 24/7 for the whole year for the guidance
- Ceremony in Commemoration of the Enlightenment of Guanyin on June 19 of the Lunar Calendar
- Ceremony of Illumination of Worship Candles from January 1 to 3 of the Lunar Calendar