Xingtian Temple (行天宮) is a popular Taoist temple in Taipei, Taiwan. It is one of the most visited temples in Taiwan, and it is dedicated to Guan Gong, a famous general who lived during the Three Kingdoms period in China.
The Most Innovative Temple
In the Zhongshan District of Taipei, Xingtian Temple was established in 1968. Xingtian Temple is the most visited temple in Northern Taiwan. This famous temple is devoted to Guangong (關公), a gallant general during the Three Kingdoms (三國時期). As Guangong embodied the image of justice and bravery, He was worshiped as a God of War since the Wei and Jin Dynasties (魏晉時期). He was therefore revered by police officers, militarists, and other related professions. Legend has it that when He was a youth, Guangong was an expert in bookkeeping and accounting, making him a legendary symbol of wealth and prosperity for many merchants.
For Taiwanese people, religion is a part of their lives. It has become common in Taiwan to go to temples to pray for blessings during significant festivals. Besides, the Taiwanese use temple visits to pray everything is going well, be it love, marriage, children, work, health, etc.
Fortune Telling – Reading Your Fate
There will be moments of doubt and hesitation at all times in life. In the West, when people have such moments, they tend to consult a psychotherapist to resolve their inner confusion and anxiety. Instead, the Taiwanese prefer looking for a fortune teller to tell them what to do next if they meet at a crossroads.
Here are a few common ways to have your fortune told in Taiwan. You can try it at Xingtian Temple Underground Fortune telling Street, located in a subway station underpass at the intersection of Minquan E Road and Songjiang Road:
Bazi (4 Pillars Chart) (算八字)
Bazi numerology is one of the oldest forms of fortune telling, by evaluating the relationship between the year, month, day, and hour of a person’s birth, along with the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire, earth).
Zi Wei Dou Shu (Chinese Astrology) (紫微斗數)
Zi Wei Dou Shu is a complex system of astrology widely used during the Song and Ming Dynasties. The ancient diviners believed that the time and place of birth could predetermine people’s destinies with the 108 stars. Zi Wei Dou Shu and Western Astrology concepts are similar in that both involve puzzlingly complex mathematical calculations.
Physiognomy (Face Reading) (面相)
Physiognomy is a folk science of telling fortunes by looking at facial features and is a branch of the classical philosophy of the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire, earth) of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang come from a dualistic concept in traditional Chinese philosophy. Ancient Chinese philosophers expressed the characteristics of sky and earth, sun and moon, day and night, male and female, movement and stillness, and rigidity and flexibility as being compatible and connected. They used these contrasts to embody the abstract connotation of “mutual opposition and interdependence”. The five elements of Yin and Yang create all creatures in the world, and humans destined for the heavens have manifestations reflected in their physical appearances. Hence, the ancients believed that as long as they could observe the rules, they could estimate a person’s wealth, poverty, and fortune from the information revealed by their face.
Palmistry (Hand Reading) (手相)
Palmistry is a method of divination that uses the shape and structure of the hand to deduce fortunes. The left hand is controlled by the right brain, which reflects the inner part of a person. The right hand is governed by the left brain, which reflects the person’s outward behavior influenced by the social environment.
Speaking of fortune-telling, I Ching (易經) has to be mentioned. The I Ching is one of the oldest classical texts in China. It is a divination book used by ancient Chinese to foretell future fortunes and disasters using the 64 hexagrams. The I Ching uses a system of symbols to describe the evolution of things, expressing the philosophy and cosmology of classical Chinese culture. There are a few methods to have your fortune told based on the philosophy of I Ching, such as Fortune Telling Bird (Niaogua) (鳥卦), Rice Divining (Migua) (米卦), Flowers Divination (Huazhan), and so on. You can also try these interesting methods to have your fortune told at Xingtian Temple Underground Fortune telling Street.
Many fortune tellers in the Xingtian Temple Underground Fortune telling Street offer multilingual services to foreign visitors. So there is no need to worry about the language barrier when having your fortunes told.
Food Tour Around Xingtian Temple
For travelers, Xingtian Temple is a tourist attraction worth visiting. For some people living in Taipei, Xingtian Temple is a place to rest their minds after a busy life. According to statistics, crowds of up to 10,000 people visit Xingtian Temple daily. Therefore the area surrounding Xingtian Temple is lively, and popular restaurants are nearby, offering Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, and other foreign cuisines.
- Acheng Goose Jilin No.1
Acheng Goose is a traditional goose shop with more than 30 years of history in Tucheng, New Taipei. You can try their delicious goose by Xingtian Temple now.
Address: No. 105, Jilin Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
A very famous breakfast place. Their charcoal grilled toast, black tea milk, and old-fashioned egg pancake roll are well received.
Address: No. 129, Section 2, Minsheng E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Taipei’s best-known Taiwanese Teppanyaki. Their fresh ingredients and flavorful meals make them become crowd favorites.
Address: No. 166, Jinzhou St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Their cold noodles have a unique taste, and their homemade kimchi is also one of the must-try meals.
Address: No. 6, Lane 152, Section 2, Minquan E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Affordable and tasty Korean cuisine. You must try their potato pork ribs soup!
Address: No. 29, Lane 259, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
- January Couple
January Couple is a romantic and filled Korean-style place serving tempting desserts and drinks.
Address: 104, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Section 2, Minsheng E Rd, 136-2F
- Baba Kevin’s American Barbecue Co., Ltd. (Minsheng)
Great American Barbeque in Taipei City. You may see foreign customers dining in the restaurant sometimes.
Address: No. 6, Lane 115, Section 2, Minsheng E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
- Uncle Laymen
Outstanding American burger in Taipei. The shop is decorated in an American style. You can tell that the owner has put a lot of thought into the decor.
Address: No. 1, Lane 313, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
A Japanese Omakase restaurant. Enjoy luxurious Japanese cuisine at a friendly price.
Address: No. 252, Jinzhou St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
- TWO MAN Daily
A Japanese-style curry shop with a mix of Indian spices and Japanese curry powder. Their curry tastes sweet but also slightly spicy.
Address: Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Lane 204, Songjiang Rd, 33-1F
- 稻香石磨腸粉 – 松江店
Unlike the typical Hong Kong-style rice roll, their rice roll belongs to Guangzhou cuisine. It is a relatively rare snack with a smooth texture loved by the public.
Address: No. 36-3, Lane 330, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City.
How to Go to Xingtian Temple?
Xingtian Temple Station (Exit 3) (Orange Line) → exit the station and walk 300m. It takes 5 minutes to arrive.
Take Taipei Bus 5, 26, 41, 49, 63, 72, 74, 109, 203, 214, 214, 222, 225, 226, 277, 279, 280, 285, 286, 286 subs, 298, 505, 527, 612, 617, 642, 643, 676, 685 to Minquan Songjiang Road Station or Xingtian Temple Station.