Lugang Mazu Temple becomes national historic site

Lugang Mazu Temple, built in the 16th century, was recently designated as a national historic site. (NOWnews)
Lugang Mazu Temple, built in the 16th century, was recently designated as a national historic site. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Lugang Mazu Temple was recently designated as a national historic site. Changhua County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei visited the temple on Sept. 2 in the hopes of obtaining more resources from the central government to preserve the cultural heritage. 

Lugang Mazu Temple, built in the 16th century, was recently designated as a national historic site. (NOWnews)
Lugang Mazu Temple, built in the 16th century, was recently designated as a national historic site. (NOWnews)

There are seven national historic sites in Changhua, including Lugang Mazu Temple, Changhua Confucius Temple, Yuan Ching Guan, Daodong Tutorial Academy, Yi Yuan Mansion and Changhua Guandi Temple. 

As the only temple in Taiwan dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple, Lugang Mazu Temple dates back to the end of the Ming dynasty in 1591. Lukang was an important seaport in the 18th and 19th centuries. It became a booming place to which many talented people flock to. In the temple, the pillars, wood carving, and paintings are all attributed to the masters of that time. 

Lugang Mazu Temple features a coffered ceiling. (NOWnews)
Lugang Mazu Temple features a coffered ceiling. (NOWnews)

 By Shelly Yang