台北市秘境   北投下八仙福德宮 | Hidden Taipei City – Beitou Xiabaxian Fude Temple

Taipei City is the pre-eminent capital of Taiwan where many advanced and trendy things can be found. However, what very few people know is that there are many secret locations in Taipei City. Today, we are going to introduce the Baxian Fude Temple. This temple is located within Taipei City, but searching for it took me on a journey into the hidden Taipei City.

台北市身為台灣的首善之都,最先進與流行的東西在這裡都找的到。然而很少人知道的是,台北市內存在著許多秘境,今天要介紹的「八仙福德宮」,就位於台北市內,但在尋找的過程中,卻如同一腳踏入了隱藏版的台北市。

Based on data I found, Xiabaxian is currently the only existing fishery settlement in Taipei City. This aroused my curiosity. What is more, there is very little information on the Xiabaxian Fude Temple that I planned to visit. Thus, I can only keep going forward according to the instructions on the map. Because the Xiabaxian settlement is located on the Keelung River, there are many small industrial paths and large trucks often pass by, which can panic first-time visitors.

根據某些資料得知,下八仙是目前台北市內僅存的漁業聚落,這更激起了筆者的好奇心,再加上預定參拜的下八仙福德宮能找到的資料非常少,只能按照地圖的指示騎車前往。由於下八仙聚落位於基隆河畔,沿途都是產業道路,不時有大型卡車與貨車經過,若是第一次來這裡的人肯定會有些慌張。

Xiabaxian is located on the bank of the Keelung River and is part of Beitou District. Starting from the Guandu Plain, there are three settlements, Dingbaxian, Zhongbaxian, and Xiabaxian. Reportedly, many cyclists use this route but I do not have the habit of riding bicycles, so I could not verify this. Honestly, other than the trucks, the simple view of the settlement along the way is, indeed, not bad.

下八仙位於基隆河畔,屬於北投區,從關渡平原開始,分別有頂八仙、中八仙、下八仙三個聚落,據說有不少自行車友會走這個路線,但筆者並沒有騎自行車的習慣,所以無法證實,但憑良心說,排除那些大卡車,沿途聚落的純樸景致確實不錯。

According to the few Beitou elders that I consulted with, Baxian Fude Temple is the religious center of the Xiabaxian settlement and always had a mutual exchange with the other temples in the Beitou area. After visiting Tudigong and stating my intention, I discovered that the temple does not have a history record (of course, it may be because I overlooked it and that it is hidden in some corner of the temple). The temple did not have a temple host or visiting believers, at the time of my visit, but the incense burner had still-burning incenses and a Fudezhengshen Birthday Autumn Event Schedule was posted on the wall, proving that people have come and worshiped at the Baxian Fude Temple.

根據筆者在出發前先請教了幾位北投耆老後得知,「八仙福德宮」是下八仙聚落的信仰中心,與北投區內的幾間廟宇一直都有互相交陪。在參拜完土地公,表明來意後,卻發現廟中並沒有沿革誌(當然也可能是筆者漏看,藏在某個隱藏角落),廟內也沒有廟公與參拜信眾,但香爐內還持續燃燒的線香以及牆上貼著的「福德正神聖誕千秋活動時間表」證明「八仙福德宮」的香火是持續不斷的。  而廟內掛滿各政黨重量級政治人物的匾額,也令筆者覺得絕對不能小看這間廟,但為了避免幫某些特定政黨宣傳,就不附上照片了。

The inside of the temple is decorated with plaques gifted from various political party heavyweights. This gave me the impression that I should not look down on this temple. However, to prevent from advertising a specific political party, I did not include the pictures.

在稟告過土地公之後,筆者為土地公金身拍攝了照片,雖然沒有人能告知哪一尊是「開基土地公」,但其實不難判斷,曾有位專家告訴筆者,古早時期的土地公大多以石材雕刻,而且鬍鬚與神像是一體成形,而非雕刻完成後才裝上去的,所以筆者幾乎就能確定這一尊就是「八仙福德宮」的「開基土地公」。

After reporting to Tudigong, I took a picture of the Tudigong itself. Although no one can tell me which one is the “original Tudigong statue,” it was not difficult to determine. An expert once told me that most early Tudigongs were carved from stone, and the beard and the body are formed as one. The beard was not added on after it was carved. Thus, I was fairly certain that this is the Baxian Fude Temple’s founding Tudigong.

有趣的是,這尊「開基土地公」與之前筆者曾採訪過的「番仔厝保德宮」內的「平埔社土地公」造型十分相似,差別只有拿拐杖的手不同邊而已,或許這也是另一種的共同記憶。

Interestingly, the form of this original Tudigong statue is very similar to the Pingpushe Tudigong in the Fanzaicuo Baode Temple, that I previously visited. The only difference is that the Tudigongs were holding their canes in different hands. Maybe this is another type of shared memory. The only regret on this visit is that I was not able to learn more about Baxian Fude Temple through the reading of historical records or through interviews. If you have time one day, why not come and visit this hidden Baxian Fude Temple in Xiabaxian settlement and see a different side of Taipei City.

此次參拜未藉由沿革誌或訪問得知「八仙福德宮」的歷史,是筆者覺得最為可惜的地方。如果哪天有空,不訪來下八仙聚落來參拜這間隱藏版的「八仙福德宮」,還能順道看見不一樣的台北市。