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Bajia Daitian Temple

According to Tainan Prefecture Temple Records (1934), the Bajia Daitian Temple was located at Bajia652.653.654 in Baoxi Village. Commonly known was the Ch’iensuiyeh or Daitian temple, it was built in 1811. In 1896 senior gentry Yang Ren-he of the village was the administrator and suggested temple renovations. In 1928 village chief Yang Jin-long renovated the temple again. In 1962, village chief Yang Cing-jin, administrator Liou Jing,, and seniors including Chen Ting-syong, Chen Ci-cyuan, Wang Jhuan, Liou Zih-yi, and Chen Ting proposed a temple reconstruction project that was completed in 1968. Later on in 1984 administrator Chen Chang-shou raised funds again to repair the temple. Today, the temple is solemn and magnificent. The temple worships the deity Chih. During the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Ching dynasty, the four village chiefs of Baoxi Village and merchants welcomed the deity from Wangyeh Temple in today’s Dahu Street, Hunei District, Kaohsiung City to bless the villages and to bring peace to locals. At the beginning, the deity was worshipped by all communities in the area, and the chief of each village became the ritual host in turn to worship the deity. During the reign of Emperor Qianlongof the Ching dynasty, local village chiefs donated funds to build a temple for the deity. The temple was very popular then for the deity’s invincible might. Believers kept worshipping the deity, and the number of believers increased continuously. In 1932 believers visited the Wangyeh Temple in Dahu Street to worship and invited the deity to the temple. In 1968, an open ritual was held after the completion of the temple. In 1990 and 1996, believers visited the Bihu Temple in Dahu Street to worship and invited the deity to the temple. To pray for prosperity for the country and peace for fellow countrymen, all believers participated in these events enthusiastically as witnessed by hundreds of cars and thousands of pilgrims.
Address: No. 9, Daming 3rd Street, Bajia Village, Gueiren District, Tainan City.
(Source: National Religion Information Network, Ministry of the Interior)