The Yilan Zhaoying Temple has long been a social and religious site for Yilan citizens and is the only 3rd ranking historic site found in the Yilan County. The Zhaoying Temple is devoted to the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu along with many other temples in the coastal areas of the southeast side of Taiwan. Locals living along the coastline are extremely dedicated to Mazu, many of which have fishing as their daily source of livelihood. Fishermen are then expected to brave the turbulent sea everyday in hopes of coming home with a big catch. Since ancestral times, fishermen then often turn to Mazu to ask for protection and blessings every time they go out to sea.
Traditionally, temples devoted to Mazu were constructed facing the sea so that local fishermen out to sea are able to secure help from the goddess. The Zhaoying Temple was originally constructed in a similar way. The temple’s location was the center of the Kavalan Hall [Read more…]