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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.