City God Temple
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168 Wufeng North Rd, East District; 吳鳳北路168號 · interesting places nearby
City God Temple information
This is the spiritual centre of Chiayi and is dedicated to the City God. First constructed in 1715, many of the best parts of the temple hail from a 1941 reconstruction. Look for the gorgeous spiderweb plafond (decorative) ceiling and two rows of lively cochin (brightly coloured, glazed ceramic) figures on the walls of the main hall (found behind a glass pane).
The traditional double-eave roof sports elegant swallowtail ridges and colourful figures in jiǎnniàn (mosaic-like temple decoration). You can check it out from the upper floors of the back annexe.
It's a 15-minute walk from Chiayi Bus Station.