Songshan Ciyou Temple
Songshan Ciyou Temple
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:30 PM

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KianHian L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Mazu Goddess of the Sea temple nearby Raohe Street Night Market. 10 minute walk from Songshan MRT Station. It is a six storey shrines that house all the prominent Taoist and Buddhist deities. Admire the efforts went into the details craftsmanship of this colourful temple which you can see once you exit the Songsan station. The exterior such as the impressive ornamented roof, the two dragon one on each of the three immortals of wealth, happiness and longevity (Fu Lok Shou) at the main entrance roof, the two deities guarding looking down from left and right side of the pavilion roof. While you can see rows of Red Lanterns hanging down from the ceiling. You will not missed the colourful dressed up statues framed in a glass cabinet the General of thousand Hearing and the General of Thousands Seeing. Insides the temple you can witness the elaborated ceiling of each shrines and distinctively crafted statue of deities. The first floor main shrine dedicated to the Goddess Mazu. The front altar portion is closed for designated temple devotees only to perform daily ritual chanting inside the section. At any times there are worshipper offering prayers. And the All Seeing and All Hearing generals also present in the main shrine floor. There are a few more deities on both sides on the main shrines such as the Ksitigarbha Buddha, The earth God, Five Directional Generals, The Tiger generals and etc. The most prominent on the right is the Earth God and with two Tiger Lords. An on the left is the Zhusheng Niang-niang, Goddess of Birth with 12 female aides and the Du Yuniang Midwife. On the second floor is the shrine dedicated to Dou Mu Goddess, Lord You Bhi & Lord Zuo Fu protectors, third floor is a Buddhist shrines dedicated to Guan Yin, Thousand Arm Guanyin, The Eighteen Arahats, Maitreya Buddha, fourth floor the prominent deities is the warrior General Guan Yu, Genaral Zhou Cang and Lu Dongbin, others are Wengchang Emperor, The Kitchen God, Master Qingshui and etc. Fifth floor are the Three Masters, Shakyamuni Buddha, Laozi and Confucius, The Great Emperor of the South and North and etc. Lastly the sixth floor is the jade Emperor shrines and pay attention to the very detail craftsmanship on the ceiling where very much effort has been put into constructing it. After finishing exploring the temples as you are going out examine the two colourful Door God guarding both the main entrance doors. Huge 2D features, the sizes of the door.
Written 23 June 2017
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chongyp
Singapore, Singapore118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The stone carvings on the wall was magnificent. A great view of the streets fro the upper level. It is worth the visit. We had a guide and learned so much regarding the culture and taoist practice of Taiwanese.
Written 10 October 2019
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gounta
Australia780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This temple wasn't on our to-do list at all, but on the last day of our stay in Taiwan the sky cleared up and we decided to get out and about. We stumbled across Ciyou temple and are glad we did, it was a great way to finish our day.
The temple is beautiful, with 6 levels to explore, all with a different theme and different deities to worship.
At the time we arrived a lovely lady behind the counter (where the paper for burning is stored) spotted us and took it upon herself to be our personal guide within the temple. She was an absolute wealth of information and made the experience all that much more meaningful.
The temple is well worth visiting, be sure to take the time to explore it all and see if someone can help explain some of the rituals and blessings to you, it's quite unique and interesting.
Written 10 March 2019
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Jen MonteCarlo
Dammam, Saudi Arabia392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
This temple is just a small but totally informative temple, with full of great memoirs in every corner. During our visit they are somewhat doing an offering for the dead where they place food and prayer items to invite the love ones for the rituals. Amazing to see they culture.
Written 27 September 2018
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Shubhro Mitra
New Delhi, India622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮) or the Songshan Mazu Temple (松山媽祖廟) was built in 1753 built by local residents during the Qing Dynasty era.

It’s very convenient to reach via the Green Line to the terminal station Songshan (松山). Take the exit 5 and the temple is right ahead. The Raohe Night market is right next to the temple and is a great 2 in 1 options to also visit the temple.

The temple is primarily dedicated to goddess Mazu (天上聖母) otherwise known as the “Heavenly Mother” and covers an area of over 600 square meters. It has six floors of shrines with over a hundred different Taoist and Buddhist deities with a library of Taoist, Buddhist and Chinese literature.

The following is a list of all the gods and goddesses within the temple by:

· 1st Floor (Main shrine) - Heavenly Mother, All-Seeing General, All-Hearing General

· 1st Floor (Side Rooms) - The Earth God, Ksitigarbha Buddha, Ananda, Maudgalyāyana , Five Directional Camp Generals, The Tiger General, Kaishan Spirit Tablets and Gongde Spirit Tablets

· 2nd Floor (Main shrine) - Doumu Goddess, 60 Dukes of Jupiter, Lord Zuo Fu & Lord You Bi protectors

· 2nd Floor (Health shrine) - Goddess of Childbirth, Twelve Nursing Goddesses, Du Yuniang Midwife

· 3rd Floor (Buddhist shrine) - Guanyin (Nanhai Guanyin and Thousand Armed Guanyin), Sudhanakumâra, Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra, Skanda, Samghārāma, The Eighteen Arhats and Maitreya Buddha

· 4th Floor (Emperor Temple) - Guan Yu, Prince Guanping, General Zhou Cang, Lü Dongbin, The Kitchen God, Master Qingshui, Wenchang Emperor, Great Master Kui, Narcissus King, Doctor Baoyi, God King Guangze and The Five Battalion Commanders

· 5th Floor (Three Pure Ones Temple) - Three Pure Ones, Three Masters (Shakyamuni Buddha, Laozi, Confucius), The Great Emperor of the South Pole, The Great Emperor of the North Pole, Marshal Ma, Marshall Zhao, Mother Earth Goddess, Lord of the Sun, Lord of the Moon and Shennong Emperor

· 6th Floor (Roof Temple) - The Jade Emperor, Emperors of the Three Offices, Lord Emperor of Fire, Lord of the Little Dipper and Lord of the Big Dipper

While the open space on the first floor is quite beautiful from the upper floors you can get a bit closer to the shrines to enjoy the amazing craftsmanship that went into building the temple. The Jade Emperor’s shrine at the top floor gives everyone a great experience of the fantastic craftmanship, small details and amazing colours of the shrine.
Written 17 June 2018
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BDVR
Los Angeles, CA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
I think could be my favorite temple. To be fair, I went at night and the lighting is beautiful. In addition, there were people chanting in ceremony while I was there, as well. However, the temple itself is covered in detailed ceramic reliefs and the view form the top is lovely. In addition, there is a very large night market right outside the front door. A great evening stop on the way back from the Shifin.
Written 12 September 2016
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dess806
Manila177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Family
I had no idea that there was this very magnificent and beautiful temple at the end of Raohe Street Night Market. And I'm glad we stumbled upon it. The walls, pillars, roof, ceiling, and the temple, as a whole, have such an intricate design. I was especially amazed at the rock / cement carvings.

You can see more pictures here:
http://allthingsmanila.blogspot.com/2012/05/ci-you-temple-after-raohe-street-night.html
Written 20 May 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I always love to see the local people and enjoy their daily life when I travel to a country. It's better than go to a tour area. Temples are the best view of Taiwan.
Written 28 October 2019
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
It is a temple at the entrance of Raohe night market, and I happened to visit when I went to the night market. As its illumination was very artificial, and there was a mass crowd of the market nearby, it was like a day of festival. There were also many tourists visiting.
Written 1 July 2019
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Satoshi Nakamoto Jr
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
This temple is supposed to give you good luck in romance. I hope my offering was good enough! Great example of traditional architecture hidden away among the hustle and bustle of the urban sprawl.
Ladies, I'm waitin'....
Written 5 December 2018
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