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Temple of Supreme Emperor of Dark Heavens

Known as Shang-ti Kung (Supreme Emperor) by people in Taiwan, Hsuan-Tien Shang-Ti (Supreme Emperor of the dark Heavens), is also named Chen-Wu Ta-Ti (Great Emperor of True Martial) and Pei-Chi Ta-Ti (Great Emperor of the north Pole). He is the deity of children, butchers and sailors. When Koxinga Arrived Tainan in 1661 morphology of the coast look like a snake and a tortoise and ordered temples to be built as Hsuan-Tien Shang Ti stepped on a snake and a tortoise.

Tainan's main temple for the Supreme emperor of the Dard Heavens is Pei-Chi Tien (Temple of the North Pole) build in 1665 and listed as Grade II historical landmark. The site of the temple is the highest point in Tainan called Chiu-Lin (Eagle Hill) and many reconstructions have been executed since its establishment.

It is historical about the wooden elements and statues in the temple. Famous folk artist Pan Li-Shui painted the dragons on the entrance door panels and mural painting on different walls. One of the oldest wooden tablets inscribed by King Ning-Ching of Ming Dynasty in Taiwan is preserved in the temple.

Built in 1671 and listed Grade III historical landmark, Kai-Chi Ling Yu Kung (Founding Temple of Spirituality and Protection) is another temple for the supreme Emperor of the Dark Heavens with great status and wooden tablets.

   

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