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Jiayi Cheng Huang Temple, Chiayi

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Chiayi Cheng Huang Temple (Chinese: 嘉義城隍廟) is a Chinese temple dedicated to the City God or Cheng Huang Ye (Chinese: 城隍爺) which is located in East District, Chiayi City, Taiwan. The temple was founded in 1715, it is one of the oldest and prominent temples in the region.

The temple applied for national monument status in 2011, but was not listed at the time. Another application was submitted to the Bureau of Cultural Heritage and approved in April 2015.
The temple offers an educational fund and charity programs. The first cangue processions held at the temple in six decades started in 2014.
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  • Beautiful and huge temple with a long history - it was built in the 1600s and renovated a few times. There are many floors to visit and they give you an English guide to the place. 
    Beautiful and huge temple with a long history - it was built in the 1600s and renovated a few times. There are many floors to visit and they give you an English guide to the place.  more »
  • Built in 1715, this little temple has been the most important temple in Chiayi, which was the biggest county then. The main deity is sort of like the high court in both living and under worlds. So... 
    Built in 1715, this little temple has been the most important temple in Chiayi, which was the biggest county then. The main deity is sort of like the high court in both living and under worlds. So...  more »
  • We visited it in the early morning which was good because there were not a lot of people. It's a simple temple. The most interesting detail about it is the wood carvings. 
    We visited it in the early morning which was good because there were not a lot of people. It's a simple temple. The most interesting detail about it is the wood carvings.  more »
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  • A temple with 300 years of history Beautiful art and craftsmanship Free entrance
  • Chiayi Cheng Huang Temple [Chinese as- 嘉義城隍廟), Chiayi City, worships the City God or the City God of Chiayi, in Taiwan. The temple was believed to be built in 1715 and it is one of the oldest temples in south Taiwan. The temple was designated as for national monument status in 2015. The Temple has many historical monuments or Chinese writing or calligraphy inscribed on wall's stone sculptures near entrance gates. These writings or calligraphies were mainly written by the members of the earlier migrant clans in Chiayi regions, who helped funding for the rebuild or upgrade of the Temple about 100 years ago. Like other temples, in Taiwan, which are NOT Famous for the tourists, the Temple generally does NOT have many worshippers, even though it is located near largest Night Market of the Chiayi City, Wenhua Road Night Market. The writer felt surprised because, like Taipei Cheng Huang Temple or City God Temple of Taipei, City God Temple of Chiayi also repositions itself as matching making god for the lovers and couples [formerly it was functioned and worshipped as judicial temple]. But, it does not attract many younger worshippers or visitors for praying for their relations. But, because it is so quiet without other visitors or other worshippers most of the time, it can be privileged for visiting the temple and viewing its collection of religious artifices without being rushed. The staff who works at reception desk is very friendly, patient, and, above all, very knowledgeable for explaining and showing Temple's history, art piece, building structure, etc.
  • An absolutely unmissable temple. The pungent smell of incense perfectly punctuates this temple's numerous works of art and amazing architecture. This temple really is the heart of Chiayi, with numerous celebrations throughout the year.
  • One of the biggest indigenous religious center in Yunlin + Chiayi + Tainan area. The temple is also a national historic monument as well. The temple has undergone various renovations and modifications, however the original building is still kept in its (almost) original state. There are no parking around, so you'll need to park your car somewhere else and walk to the temple.
  • Impressive temple, though due it’s age the ceiling can hardly be seen, and it could do some maintenance, still worth a visit and to have a quiet moment of reflection.

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