Matsu Temple

Top choice taoist temple in Makung

Matsu Temple, one of Penghu’s most celebrated spots, has an unusually high and sweeping swallowtail eave roof and a wealth of gorgeous Chaozhou-style woodcarvings. In the main hall there's a swastika design representing endless good fortune on the wood door panels. The temple's current appearance is the result of a restoration in 1922. It was helmed by a master designer from Chaozhou in Southern China who clearly infused it with the modest grace of Chaozhou temples.

Locals say it's the oldest Matsu temple in Taiwan, and the discovery of a stele in 1919 inscribing an order by General Yu Tzu-kau (made in 1604) to the Dutch to get out of Taiwan gives a lot of credence to this claim.