Revitilization endears Taipei’s love temple

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 11, 2019
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  CNA staff reporter

Located in the heart of Taipei’s historic Dadaocheng (大稻埕) area, the Xia Hai City God

Then-Taipei city councilor candidate Chen Su-yu, front, prays at the Xia Hai City God Temple in Taipei’s Dadaocheng area on Dec. 23 last year.  Photo: CNA

Temple (霞海城隍廟) has become a must-see attraction thanks to the manager’s decades-long effort to preserve the temple and revitalize the community.

“When I travel abroad to promote tourism to the temple, I always invite people running businesses in the neighborhood to come along,” said 69-year-old Tracy Chen (陳文文), who has served as temple manager for 26 years.

When hosting travel shows abroad to introduce the temple to potential tourists, Chen takes the opportunity to showcase local delicacies, such as pastries, cakes and tea, she said.

Some people believe that the temple’s city god helps their businesses flourish, she said, adding: “However, it is ancestral workmanship that has left a rich cultural milieu and makes the temple an attractive destination.”    [FULL  STORY]

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