Jiguopai Old Church in the Aboriginal Tribe of Taoyuan
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/1_001.aspx
2.Jiguopai Old Church in the Aboriginal Tribe of Taoyuan- The Most Beautiful Stone Church in Taiwan
A.The Church Entry that Represents “The Key Towards the Heaven”：Jiguopai Old Church was designed and constructed by Priest Huang, Rong-quan, his designing concept was based on the prototypes of Western churches, but due to the various limits of technology, experience and local resources, it was not likely to conduct various decoration elements for the exterior of the Church, and the simple and unadorned texture of stone materials, as well as the changing of lines on the wall surface were the only available approach to portray the aesthetics. The shape pf the entry applied the double formats of rectangular and circular ones to represent the concept of “the key towards the heaven”, which means that the Christians that enter the Church can hear the gospel from God and enter into the Heaven’s Gate. The sloping facades represents the image of “silver lines of the clouds” by adopting the design of curve lines, as if the Noah’s Arch is rested at the mountain hilltops.
B.The Cross of the Church：The Cross on the roof of the Church was made by Priest Huang, Rong-quan himself by using the RC material under consideration of the high fragility of stone materials and attempt of sophisticated curve, making the additional exquisite and elegant feature besides the simple and unadorned one of the Church.
C.Double-layered Stone Walls:The hand- chiseled stone bars were used to construct the Church, so the thickness and specifications of each bars were different. To overcome such disadvantage, Priest Huang, Rong-quan designed the double-layered stone walls, in which the concrete or rebars were filled in between for reinforcement that not only made the structural strength tougher, but also made the exterior outlook nicer.
D.The Chisel Marks of Stones:The construction materials for traditional Atayal buildings are bamboo sticks and woods, before the founding of Jiguopai Old Church, there was a chapel built with bamboo sticks, but was out of usage within years. Therefore, Priest Huang, Rong-quan took the suggestion of Rev. James Dickson to build a church with stone materials. The most invaluable moment during the construction was that the Atayal people brought out the traditional virtue of teamwork, every stone bar or pack of gravel was delivered by the local Atayal people from the neighboring areas based on the division of labor under household and crossed the winding trails. It could be observed carefully that there are many unique chisel marks on the surfaces of stones.
Address:No.96-3, Neighborhood 18, Sanmin Village, Fuxing Dist., Taoyuan City
Fee:Free of charge
Open Dates:24/7 for the whole year, but no guidance
Opening Hours:6:00 A.M. ~ 6:00 P.M