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Entire village moves old temple by hand
不捨拆老廟 全村動員「搬廟」

A group of village residents in their 70s and 80s move an old temple together to a new location in Dongshih Township’s Donglun Village on Dec. 29, 2011.

photo: Tsai Tsung-hsun, Taipei Times
照片: 自由時報記者蔡宗勳

Fu An Temple was originally just a tiny hut made of clay bricks. The deity Wang Yeh has protected the people in the village for 50 years. Now it has to be moved, which takes money and energy. Nearly 30 elderly people in their 70s and 80s were pulling a cable wire as they worked together to move the old temple to an empty piece of land, which made for an interesting scene — old people moving the old temple.

The Jhongjhou settlement in Donglun Village located in Chiayi County’s Dongshih Township is a small community of about a hundred people. Since the structure of the 50-year-old Fu An Temple was dilapidated, and the low-lying terrain where it was located easily floods whenever it rains torrentially, local residents decided to solicit donations to build a new temple, and were prepared to demolish the old temple and build a new one in its place. However, older people living there believed the old temple had protected them for half a century, and that it would be a pity if it were removed from the area, so after discussing the matter they decided to move the temple to the empty land behind a theater stage and turn it into a memorial hall.

Chen Liang-chuan, a 93-year-old elderly man who has trouble moving around but rode a wheelchair to the temple, said that their ancestors who settled in the Jhongjhou area over a century ago had made offerings to Wang Yeh. He also said that after several renovations, the present three-room Fu An Temple was built around 50 years ago. As the temple holds sentimental value among local residents, no one had the heart to tear it down and build another one.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


1. flood v.

淹水 (yan1 shui3)

例: The entire area flooded after the typhoon hit.


2. demolish v.

拆掉 (chai1 diao4)

例: Before the parking lot can open, the old building must be demolished first.


3. renovation n.

翻修 (fan1 xiu1)

例: The bridge will be undergoing major renovations.





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