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QingYun Temple

Rueifang Religious Sites

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AddressNo. 30, Bin 2nd Rd, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
Tel886-2-24972694
Opening07:00-18:00

Description

The QingYun Temple is located by the foothills west of Keelung, covering around 10,000 square meter of land; it offers a quite spectacular presence. The temple originated from a devout pagan worshipper named Wang Qingquan, who lived in a house on No.25, Bin 2nd Rd. by the No. 9 Tunnel. He regular held spirit writing ceremonies at home, and honored the Emperor Shen Nong, amassing a cult following. Legend has it that on April 11th, 1960, the head spirit writer at Wang's establishment, Madame Yu Lai, was visited by the gods in her sleep during her pregnancy. She walked in the wilderness of Jilong Mountain until she came across a cliff about 30m in height, when she promptly jumped off and shouted: "This shall be my divine address, the three temples must sit on the East and face the West, and measure 36 feet to each side of the center line and 39 feet 6 inches deep." It is said she awoke from the trance right after saying those words. Not only did she not sustain any injuries from the fall, the delivery of her child also had no ill effects. There have been multiple eyewitness accounts of this event by fellow worshippers. Soon afterwards, a temple was under construction at the exact spot the spirit writer jumped on from the cliff; Mr. Liao Shicheng was invited to design a Southern styled temple for the construction. The temple was completed on August 8th, lunar calendar, in 1964. It was a difficult building process due to the lack of paved roads like Bin 2nd Road; all the construction material was hauled up the hills manually by the workers.


The temple's services are all conducted by volunteers. Due to the reputation the temple has built up for the accuracy of their fortune telling and the general enthusiasm of its staffers, many pagan worshippers make regular pilgrimages to the QingYun Temple.


It is quite ironic that the god Shen Nong, the divine farmer who taught ancient Chinese the practice of agriculture, finds believers amidst these mountains known for its mining. The prosperity of the temple can be attributed to the much folklore about miracles of recovery in health or personal turmoil performed onto visiting worshippers. In the past, the workers at temple even produced folk remedies and elixirs to quell illnesses of people paying tribute. Although these practices have since been outlawed by the government, the QingYun Temple still continues to flourish thanks to a steady stream of curious souls making pilgrimages.

References: interview with QingYun temple manager Mr. Lin, DVD brochure of QingYun Temple, Jiufen - an oral history by Tai-Yang's Jiang Liangwang.