Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage is the most anticipating religious event with the most participants in Taiwan; it is also an event that many Taiwanese people must see once in a lifetime.
Every year, this 9-day pilgrimage attracts millions of visitors from everywhere in Taiwan. In this tour, you will visit one of the most famous Mazu Temples in Taiwan, and also have an opportunity to join the procession with the believers, feeling the spiritual influence of Mazu.
Through the guided tour, you will also learn about the history and background of the early Chinese immigrants from China, how they made their settlement in Taiwan, and how Mazu belief and customs affected the local people’s life from the past to the present.
Meet the tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07) Exit 2, then head off to Dajia District in Taichung City.
Dajia has a profound significance in the history of Taiwan; it was where Taiwanese Plains Indigenous Peoples were inhabited, also, a lot of prehistoric relics were found in this area. During Qing Dynasty, Dajia became a thriving town because of the immigrants from Lukang, and the iconic temple dedicated to Mazu—Dajia Jenn Lann Temple, was built during this period. It has been the spiritual center for the local people for more than 200 years. Here you will have a guided tour deep into the culture and spirit of Mazu belief.
After the temple tour, stroll along Shuntian Road next to Dajia Jenn Lann Temple. Shuntian Road is also called “Dajia Old Street”; it was the earliest developed street and now the busiest street in Dajia. Apart from admiring the historic buildings, do not miss the opportunity to visit the famous craft shops, such as the rush mat & hat shop and the canvas bag shop.
In Taiwan, food stalls always gather outside of the temples. Since you are in Dajia, you should check the food stalls around Dajia Jenn Lann Temple and try some local delicacies, such as Taiwanese Meatball, Sweet Mung Bean Soup, Boiled Chitterlings, Fried Rice Cake, etc. The Crispy Butter Cake is the most popular food souvenir in Dajia, it can be a delicious way to share your travel memories with your family and friends back home.
After lunch is the highlight of this tour—Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage. UNESCO has included Mazu belief and customs on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This 9-day procession route covers 4 cities in Central Taiwan: Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County and Chiayi County. Every year, the chairman of Dajia Jenn Lann Temple asks Mazu for permission by tossing the divination blocks. Before the “Sedan Chair Mounting and Departure”, there are pre-procession rituals, so that the believers can have a good understanding of this procession.
Besides Mazu’s sedan chair, the bearers and the believers, the Din Tao line-up is definitely an eye-opener. Each group has its own position, and each position has a different meaning. In this tour, you will have an opportunity to experience a short section of the procession with the believers, feeling the spiritual influence of Mazu in the most authentic way. It will be an unforgettable, life-changing experience in your journey.
The tour ends around 16:00, after that, the tour guide will escort you back to Taipei and drop you off at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.
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