Cijin Tianhou Temple

Top choice temple in Kaohsiung

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One of Kaohsiung's very few temples that made the national protected relics list is also its oldest mazu temple – constructed in 1673 when Cijin became a commercial centre and restored in the 1920s. There's a sense of graceful antiquity in its interiors, particularly in the relief sculptures, mosaics and decorative paintings by master of folk art, Chen Yu-feng (1900–64), which time and smoke have made hauntingly beautiful. The temple also has fanciful Fujian-style swallowtail eaves and two exquisite stone lions guarding its door.