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Temple unveils pure gold stele

COSTLY OFFERINGTo make sure that none of the gold was stolen while the plaque was being created, the temple hired 24-hour security guards

By Huang Po-lang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The committee spared no effort in the construction of the new temple, even going so far as to ask Chinese calligraphers around the nation to submit writing samples before choosing which calligraphers’ work would be carved on the beams and pillars of the main and side halls as well as the Tai Sui Temple and the Wen Chang Temple, which form part of the complex.

The Tai Sui Temple is a temple for those who believe that their luck has run out and need the blessings of Tai Sui (太歲) to diminish their misfortune.

Wen Chang (文昌) is a traditional Taoist deity that blesses both generals and writers and is in charge of all literary endeavors.

There are about 2,500 paintings and drawings decorating the various temples in the complex.

The temple’s 9th Kungshen Wangye’s Salt of Peace Festival is set to be held on Saturday and Sunday, the temple said, adding that tourists and worshipers may catch buses at the temple for a trip to the salt fields in Jingzaijiao (井仔腳).

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