台灣媽祖信仰中心 — 雲林北港朝天宮 | Beigang Chaotian Temple serves as major religious center in western Taiwan

Founded in 1694, Beigang Chaotian Temple, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture.(Shutterstock)
Founded in 1694, Beigang Chaotian Temple, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture.(Shutterstock)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。

Located in western Taiwan, Yunlin County is part of the Chianan Plain, a flat land known for its agriculture. Beigang township, which is located in southern Yunlin, has gained its popularity in recent years due to its crucial role in local spirituality. 

廟裡除了供奉媽祖之外,還有觀世音菩薩、鎮殿媽和湄洲媽祖。整座廟宇建築皆出自名匠之手,廟埕外四海龍王石柱雕像的雕工非常細緻,為廟宇一大特色之一。

Founded in 1694, Chaotian, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture. The temple boasts four pillars carved with the likeness of four sea gods. What’s more? Many visitors who paid their respects to Mazu had their dreams came true. 

雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。|Located in western Taiwan, Yunlin County is part of the Chianan Plain, a flat land known for its agriculture. (圖翻攝自IG:iamhid)
雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。|Founded in 1694, Beigang Chaotian Temple, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture. (圖翻攝自IG:iamhid)
雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。|Located in western Taiwan, Yunlin County is part of the Chianan Plain, a flat land known for its agriculture.(圖翻攝自FB:北港朝天宮)
雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。|Founded in 1694, Beigang Chaotian Temple, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture.(圖翻攝自FB:北港朝天宮)

北港朝天宮終年香火鼎盛,最熱鬧的兩次祭典分別是農曆正月十五日元宵節以及三月二十三日媽祖誕辰。元宵節會進行花燈比賽,到了媽祖誕辰期間,各地信徒及分靈廟宇陸續回北港進香,規模盛大,整個北港都充滿著濃厚的宗教氣息。

Chaotian attracts more than a million pilgrims every year. Two of the largest pilgrimage activities are respectively set on Jan. 15 of the lunar calendar (Lantern Festival) and March 23 during the annual Mazu’s birthday. The annual lantern design competition is usually held during the Lantern Festival, while the annual Mazu celebrations brings flocks of pilgrims from around Taiwan to Chaotian Temple for the annual pilgrimage.

雲林縣北港鎮朝天宮為台灣國定古蹟之一,創立於1694年,主要供奉神祇為天上聖母媽祖,因為朝天宮非常靈驗,有求必應,已經成為三百餘座媽祖廟的總廟。|Located in western Taiwan, Yunlin County is part of the Chianan Plain, a flat land known for its agriculture. (NOWnews)
到了媽祖誕辰期間,各地信徒及分靈廟宇陸續回北港進香,規模盛大,整個北港都充滿著濃厚的宗教氣息。| Founded in 1694, Beigang Chaotian Temple, which dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu from Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple and Bodhisattva, is known for its extravagant architecture. (NOWnews)