Joint Marketing Campaigns
Jhenhu Temple in Sucuo, Anding District – Nanying King Boat Ceremony and five-day Sacrificial Rites for Wangyes in the Year of the Earth Dog
4/5~4/15 (municipal folk festival)
Changsing Temple in Sucuo, Anding District – seven-day Sacrificial Rites for Sending off Epidemic Gods in the Year of the Earth Dog
4/22~4/29 (municipal folk festival)
Cihji Temple in Syuejia, “Returning Procession to Baijiao” Rites in the Year of the Earth Dog
4/26 (municipal folk festival)
Kaitai Mazu (Goddess of Sea) Temple in Anping District – Mazu Welcoming Ceremony (from ancestral temple) and Inspection Tours
4/28~4/29 (municipal folk festival)
Tucheng Luermen Shengmu Temple – Incense Offering during Sacrificial Rites in the Year of the Earth Dog
5/4~5/6 (municipal folk festival)
Daitian Temple in Madou District – Inspection Tours in the Year of the Earth Dog
Cingan Temple in Sigang District – Incense Offering during Grand Sacrificial Rites in the Year of the Earth Dog
5/13~6/4 (national folk festival)
Tainan’s Grand Mazu Temple – Mazu Welcoming Ceremony in Tainan
6/16~6/17 (municipal folk festival)
“One Incense Offering Stamp plus One Tourist Attraction Stamp” to enter into a prize draw
Stamp Collection for Prize Draw at 2018 Temple Festivals Year
Collecting one stamp at a temple organising the incense offering ceremony and one stamp at a designated tourist spot enters you into a prize draw.
How to Enter
1. During the Temple Festivals Year from the 11th of April to the 17th of June, 2018, collect one stamp at a temple organising an incense offering ceremony, one stamp at a designated tourist spot and mail the stamped card to the Tourism Marketing Section of the Tourism Bureau of Tainan City Government at 8th Floor of Shihji Building, No. 36, Minjhih Road, Sinying District, Tainan City to enter the prize draw.
2. All entries must be postmarked by the 25th of June, 2018.
Prizes (total value of more than NT$150,000)
Prizes include appliances (ovens, stand fans, cookware set), bicycles, rush straw tote bags, local and temple-festivals-year cultural and creative products, gift boxes, etc. There are more items to come. Please visit the website of 2018 Tainan Temple Festivals Year for more information.
Special Exhibition at the National Museum of Taiwan History
Patrolling the Realms – the Wangye Belief in Taiwan and Southeast Asia
Venue: Lobby, ground floor, Exhibition & Education Building at the National Museum of Taiwan History
Time: now – 2018/06/17
The Wangye belief has been prevalent along the southwest coast of Taiwan, Penghu (Pescadores), and Kinmen, and among its traditions and customs, the most prominent rites include Wangye’s temporary stay at a place, offering incense and worshipping, expelling plagues from realms, and sending off Wangye, who patrols the realms on behalf of the Heavenly God, funded by voluntary donations from followers. Originating from the Minnan area in China, and by being spread with King Boats being pushed out to sea from China in the 17th century and the migration of emigrant, the customary belief has spread to the societies of ethnic Chinese in Taiwan, Southeast Asia, etc. and has taken root there. The differing needs, cultural heritage, and social development unique to each locale have resulted in a variety of rituals, and give the belief very distinct look, and therefore, formed bonds among people in the communities. Owing to social stability and efforts to pass on the customs in the long run, Taiwan has preserved the most comprehensive, delicate, and rich rites of tour inspection as well as the tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This special exhibition showcases the content of the Wangye belief in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
The Changing Image of the Deity in Heaven and on Earth: Special Exhibition from the National Museum of Taiwan History's Collections
Venue: Special Exhibition Room, 4th Floor, Exhibition & Education Building at the National Museum of Taiwan History
Time: now – 2018/08/26
Gods and deities surround us, in heaven and on earth. In the early period of Taiwan's development, Han migrants brought incense and statues with them from mainland China to Taiwan, and slowly these objects became woven into the fabric of daily life in Taiwan. Statues were never merely holy symbols of religion, sitting sedate behind burning incense, but also vessels which carry the life aspirations and supernatural beliefs of people across ages.
This special exhibition uses the National Museum of Taiwan History's broad collections of statues to allow visitors to explore the craft, aesthetic, historical, cultural, and conservation dimensions of these objects.
Folk Art Performances
2018 Nationwide Carnival of Troupe Formations at the Nanying King Boat Festival
Venue: Yards of Guanghu Temple in Dawan, Yongkang District and Jhenhu Temple in Sucuo, Anding District from 4/5~4/14
Carnival of Troupe Formations by Primary and Secondary School Students
Venue: Yard of Cingan Temple in Sigang District from 14:00-16:30 on 5/5 and 5/6
Together at Sigang Incense Offering Ceremony – First-hand Experience of Troupe Performances
Tour guides take tourists to designated spots to watch religious troupe performances, not just for fun but also for insights into the folk art performances. For more details, please visit the website of the Cultural Affairs Bureau by Tainan City Government.
Folk Art Performances at the National Museum of Taiwan History
The Story of Aquarium Parade (Aquarium Parade of Nanhaipu, an area in Sigang District) on 4/14
Glove Puppetry Show of Five Wangyes Fighting against Wanshan Ye over Land on 6/16
Best Sites in Tainan for Incense Offering Festival; Best Accommodation Offers
Special accommodation and attraction offers are available at 14 hotels in Tainan during 2018 Tainan Temple Festivals Year. For more details, please visit the “2018 Tainan Temple Festivals Year” website.
Please visit the “2018 Tainan Temple Festivals Year” website for more information. Event information will be updated and announced by each organiser.