Q: How long had Sing
An temple been built?
A: It was built about three hundred years ago.
Q: How many year does Sing An temple hold
King Ship burning rituals?
A: King Ship burning ritual is held every three years. (It was
held basically on the year of ox, dragon, goat, and dog.)
Q: About the volunteers in the temple, how
long will they help here (for the rituals)?
A: They will stay here and help for a week, roughly.
Q: Do you feel happy when you helped the
A: We did this for peace of the country and wellness for the
Q: How many peoples do you estimate to
come participate this ceremony?
A: There are usually more than 10 thousand people that come to
Q: Do you know why Sing An temple was
built in Shih Gang?
A: It is because Shih Gang is the centre of scattered temples in
this area. That’s why people built it here.
Q: what’s the origin of flax festival?
A: Because Shih Gang people grow very good quality of flax and
the local government wants to promote its production. Therefore,
the local government holds a festival every year in hope of
gaining economic profits.
Q: Do people who volunteer to be the
managers of temples wish to gain more protection from gods?
A: Of course they do.
Q: Can you tell us the origins of Song-jiang
Station, Ku-hua station, and the Eight Generals station?
A: All I know is that these stations came from the practice of
Q: Is there any special stories about Sing
A: Sing An temple locates in a carp cave.
Q: What does it mean a carp cave?
A: It is a piece of low land that were guarded by spirits of
Q: Qian-Sui god
in Sing An temple was said to be one of the twelve plague gods.
Does that mean he is the designated one?
A: Qian-Sui gods are just gods, not the designated one.
Q: What god holds the highest position and
A: That would be Mazu.
Q: How many people come to worship here?
A: There were too many to number it.
Q: Is there special carving art works here
in this temple?
A: All of the carves are covered with a thin layer of gold, and
these are all special.
Q: How much money did it take to hold Holy
Pilgrimage? Where did the money come from?A:
The money was mostly collected from believers in villages.
Q:Why is it every “three” years to hold
one Holy Pilgrimage?
A: We just followed the guidance from gods.
Q: What is the reason that the Holy
Pilgrimage here attracted so many people to come visit?
A: These people have been being loyal to gods, and that’s why
the Holy Pilgrimage bought so many people.
Q: Do you know the origin of King Ship
A: It began in 1784.
Q: Who starts the fire on King Ship?
A: the fire must be started by a Taoist priest.
Q: What is the purpose of burning a King
A: It is believed to be a way of sending gods back to haven.