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Chenlan Temple in Dajia District

Name of Temple: Dajia Chenlan Temple
Commanding deity: Mazu
Address: No. 158, Shuntian Road, Dajia District, Taichung City
Brief introduction: It is said that Lin Yung-hsing (林永興), a native of Mei Chou Island, Pu Tien City, Fu Chien Province, respectfully brought a Mazu statue from Mei Chiou Mazu Temple to Taiwan in 8th year of Yungcheng Emperor in Qing Dynasty (1730 AD). He settled down in Da Jia. At that time the migrators there devoutly believed in Mei Chiou "Mazu". They came to worship her one after another. The goddess was very efficacious. The local gentlemen noticed that her temple had endless burning incense and lighting candles offered by the pilgrims. Thus, they requested and received Mr. Lin's consent to build a small shrine at the present site in 10th year of Yungcheng Emperor (1732 AD).

The shrine was rebuilt in the 52nd year of Chienlung Emperor in Qing Dynasty (1787 AD). Thereafter, it was expanded for several times due to several rounds of proposal and contribution made by a number of officials, scholars, and the local gentry. The expanded temple was also retitled as "Chenlan Temple”.

The Dajia Chenlan Temple has been converted into the present new building since 1980. Managers of the temple have also adopted appropriate measures to retain many fine artworks and cultural heritage for the Chenlan Temple:

  1. Wang Jin-mu (王錦木), winner of Ministry of Education’s 9th "Folk Art Heritage Award”-- Temple Wood category, is the one who has planned the overall pattern for Chenlan Temple and who is also now responsible for designing the overall exterior appearance of Chenlan Temple.
  2. Shi Chen-yang (施鎮洋), winner of Ministry of Education’s 8th "Folk Art Heritage Award”-- Woodcarving category, and his father Shi Kun-yu (施坤玉) are contracted to carve the shrines for the Chenlan Temple.
  3. Pan Li-shui (潘麗水), winner of Ministry of Education’s 9th "Folk Art Heritage Award”-- Folk Painting category, is contracted to carve and paint the statues of door-gods and provide the drawings for Shi Chen-yang (施鎮洋) and Xiao Wan-sheng (蕭萬勝) to carve the screen walls behind the door-gods.
  4. Lee Han-ching (李漢卿), winner of Ministry of Education’s 10th "Folk Art Heritage Award”-- Traditional Stained Painting category, is contracted to paint the Sanchuan Hall (三川殿).
  5. Contracted to do all the paper cuttings for Sanchuan Hall is Lee Shi-yi (李世逸), the apprentice of Lee Zhuan-you (李專友), who learned after master Hong Kun-fu (洪坤福).
  6. Nie Xiang-sheng (聶祥生) is responsible for the stone carving for Chenlan Temple.
  7. Hong Ping-shun (洪平順), Lee Deng-sheng (李登勝), and Xie Bao-chi (謝保池) are responsible for stained painting for the porches at the five ports and the wing-rooms at the north and south sides.
  8. Xiao Wan-sheng (蕭萬勝) is contracted to make the shrine mesh ceilings for the interior and the worship pavilion.
  9. The embossment artworks at exterior walls of the temple are the bronze masterpieces of Ju Ming (朱銘)及and Kuo Ching-chih (郭清治).
  10. The "Good Fortune" Koji pottery at the basement is an artwork of Ye Xingyou (葉星祐).
  • Data update: 2022-11-23
  • Publish Date: 2013-01-02
  • Source: Civil Affairs Bureau
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