While walking in the park above the Shuanglian subway station, I noticed a temple on the side of the road. It was just like a Chinese style temple. The building was colored with primary colors and was decorated with a lot of jumbled up decorations. And in front of the temple was a number of red lanterns were hung in front of the temple.
Attracted by the building that was a jumble of buildings, I went into the precinct. This was a temple called the Wenchanggong where the god of learning is enshrined. It is said that the enshrined Imperial Lord Wen Chang is a god of learning and science that was worshipped in China. It is like Sugawara Michizane in Japan. I heard that the Wenchanggong is also worshipped by the locals, but there were almost no visitors in the temple grounds and it was deserted. It might have been because I visited here in July and it was not the examination season in Taiwan.
While I was absent-mindedly pondering in the rundown precincts, a visitor appeared in front of the incense burner. She was holding a long incense stick in both hands, which is not often seen in Japan. Then, she began to pray alone and silently. Maybe this woman had plans to take an unseasonal exam.
November 29, 2019
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