Water Fairy Temple

Temple in Tainan

Hidden inside a market named after itself, Shuixian Temple (literally 'Water Fairy Temple') is a far cry from the days when it was not only a place of worship, but the guild hall and control room of the Five Canals area. Enshrined here is Yu the Great (大禹), a king who succeeded in stalling a flood, and four other deified figures associated with the water. Traders, seafarers and fisherfolk believe that praying to them offers protection in the water.