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Gucuo Hanlinyuan

It is estimated that the temple was built when Haicheng County was established during the reign of Emperor Jiajing of the Ming dynasty. As the county was often attacked by pirates in the late Ming dynasty and early Ching dynasty, the temple could not escape destruction. In 1706 locals suggested rebuilding the temple on the original site with two entrances, two halls, and a square. In the main hall the statue of Baosheng Dadi Wu Tao was worshipped. As the temple originated from the Qingjiao Temple, it was called Tzuchi Temple, ZhenjunTemple, and Jiangjun Temple. The rear section was built in 1715 to worship Avalokitesvara and Niangma. After so many years, no one knows if the temple was renovated before the reign of Emperor Daoguang of the Ching dynasty. As nothing is mentioned in history, it is difficult to find a clue. It is also hard to find any information for three main reasons. First, the temple did not have a stone tablet recording its history as found in most temples. Second, Zheng Cheng-gong was the leader fighting against the Ching dynasty to restore the Ming dynasty, and it was not possible to find records praising his deeds, nor could scholars keep a record for him. Third, records of deities were usually done by civilians and no government would care about or support this.
Address: No. 62, Zhongzheng 6th Street, Gucuo Village, Gueiren District, Tainan.
(Source: National Religion Information Network, Ministry of the Interior)