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Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple (City God Temple)

Bus: 10, 11, 11甲, 20 Free Bus: 57 Free Expo Bus: 1

Municipal Relic Building, together with Zhulian Temple, Chang Ho Temple, are the three main and largest temples in Hsinchu. It is a large-scale building, with the main building consisting of three separate buildings, pillars carved with dragons, stone lions, and above the main door a bagua was designed by a famous mason of that time. The entrance plate, which was inscribed “Protect Kinmen,” was given by the Qing Emperor Guan Xu. It houses the oldest Cheng Huang idol with the highest rank in Taiwan.
  • Location: No.75, Zhongshan Rd., North Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5223666
  • Opening Hours: 05:00-22:30
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple Snacks, Kuan Di Temple
Chang Ho Temple

Free Expo Bus: 1

Built in Qing Dynasty Emperor Qian Long’s 7th year, it is located outside the old Hsinchu City North Gate, and therefore is also called Outside Mazu Temple, or Outside Tian Hou Temple. Chang Ho Temple was built with a lot of care and attention to detail. The stone carvings of the Sanchuan compartment are still the original ones from the Qing Dynasty. The Mazu idol placed here has movable body parts, and therefore is called a “soft idol.” The hair on the idol has been said to be from the real Mazu.
  • Location: No.35, Beimen St., North Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5267510
  • Opening Hours: 04:00-22:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Beimen Street, Jin Shi Mansion, Zeng’s Family Shrine
Shuei Xian Temple

Free Expo Bus: 1

Shuei Xian is a god of the sea. Xiayu is the respected King of the Sea. Originally worshipped in the rear courtyard of Chang Ho Temple during the 5th year of Qing Dynasty Emperor Tongzhi, Shuei Xian Temple was built on the left side of Chang Ho Temple. Shuei Xian Temple’s construction is a classy, poetic style and features square pillars at the entrance of the housing for the altar. Along the corridor are block-type pillars and when visitors look up, they will see intricate woodwork in the ceilings finished with engraved scrolls. On the pillars there are carvings of sitting lions and the craftmanship is intricate and of the highest quality.
  • Location: No.135, Beimen St., North Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5267510
  • Opening Hours: 04:00-22:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Beimen Street, Jin Shi Mansion, Zeng’s Family Shrine
Kuan Di Temple

Walking Distances to City Center

Inaugurated on the 42nd year of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qian Long, the main idol worshipped here is the Guangong deity. The secondary diety worshipped here is the Wenchang deity. The style of the temple features simplicity in decorations. There are no dragon pillars at the entrance. The typical stone lions that guard temples have been replaced by stone drum carvings. The Kuan Di Temple is classified as a temple for officials. Therefore, there are no carvings or paintings of gods on the front entrance, but instead spikes are used on the doorframe. Students would come and pray for good luck and best results during exam seasons.
  • Location: No.109-1, Nanmen St., Guandi Vil., East Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5221339
  • Opening Hours: 05:00-22:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Jhongyang Shopping Center, Ximen Market, Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple (City God Temple)
Zhulian Temple

Bus: 20 Free Bus: 57, 72, 73

Zhulian Temple was built in Qing Dynasty Emperor Qian Long’s 46th year. It was first called the “House of Guanyin.” The temple hosts three Buddhas. The smallest “3 mother Buddha” is over 300 years old. Zhulian Temple’s construction is based on the building styles of Fujian. The roof and the beams are embellished with glass mosaics of dragons and other fortuitous animals such as the qiling. The temple is full of details done in a solemn tone, and has great artistic and historical value.
  • Location: No.100, Zhulian St., East Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5244299
  • Opening Hours: 04:00-22:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Chu-Lian Market , Shi Family Fish Ball (石家魚丸)
Tian Gong Temple (The God of Heaven Altar Park)

Free Bus: 50, 51

Its earliest construction was started during Qing Dynasty Emperor Qian Long’s reign. In 1913 it was refurbished with money from the donations of local officials. Originally called “Golden Imperial Temple,” Tian Gong Temple has over 200 years of history and is one of the few Taoist temples that house the Jade Emperor (Yuhuang Dadi) idol. The main temple focuses on worship of the Jade Emperor and the secondary worship for: Emperor Sanguan, Emperor Wugu, King Tutali, and Emperor Wenchang.
  • Location: No.36, Ln. 431, Zhongshan Rd., North Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5228651
  • Opening Hours: 06:00-21:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: TOP 8 Nightscapes-The God of Heaven Altar Park Suspension Bridge, Keya Creek Park
Putian Temple

Bus: 20 Free Bus: 71

Putian Temple is located on Gu Qi Fong which is home to a cluster of temples. It has a well-known scenic view, which makes it one of the 8 must-see scenic points in Hsinchu. The most famous landmark is the 120-meter high statue of Guangong deity on top of the mountain. The temple mainly caters to the Jade Emperor and the Guangong god. The interior of the temple is also a religious history exhibit which includes the Guangong Historical Museum and a Japanese / Chinese antique and furniture museum.
  • Location: No.66, Ln. 306, Gaofeng Rd., East Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5215553
  • Opening Hours: 07:00-20:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Jin Shan Temple, Hsinchu Science Park: Lake Placid, Gao Fong Arboretum
Jin Shan Temple

Free Bus: 55, 57

Jin Shan Temple is a Municipal Relic. It was built during the 3rd year of Qing Dynasty Xian Feng. The style of the architecture is simple, and the main building is the Qing Dynasty middle era’s construction style. It has a 3-gated&single entrance with a pair of dragon statues standing guard on either side of the doors. The main temple and the left corridor are still well preserved in its original state. This temple was built for the locals and therefore has rich historical value and is different from the panache of the other temples.
  • Location: No. 201, Jinshan Rd., Xianshui Vil., East Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5780566
  • Opening Hours: 04:00-19:30
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Hsinchu Science Park: Lake Placid, Quandong Market
Beida Church

Bus: 12, 16 Free Bus: 57

Beida Church was established in 1957 and is the main religious center of the Catholic Church. It was built in a gothic style in order to reflect and put emphasis on the teaching of ascending to heaven. Therefore the two distinct towers seemingly rising upward are clearly seen from a distance.
  • Location: No.156, Zhongzheng Rd., North Dist., Hsinchu City
  • Tel: 03-5256057
  • Daily Mass: Monday to Saturday Morning 07:00
  • Lord’s Mass: Saturday Night 20:00 / Sunday Morning 08:00 / Sunday Night: 20:00
  • Suggested attractions nearby: Bureau of Cultural Affairs Hsinchu City, Youth and Juvenility Hall, Hsinchu City Military Dependents' Villages Museum
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Tel: 03-5216121 Fax: 03-5266021
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