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Tsai Ancestral Shrines in Chiunglin
Tsai Ancestral Shrines in Chiunglin(view the full size image in the new window)Tsai Ancestral Shrines in Chiunglin(view the full size image in the new window)

"Chiunglin," originally named "Pinglin," is located in central Kinmen island. The name originated from an idea that the low-lying area seems to be covered with thick woods if looked at from above. In the Ming dynasty, Hsitsong, the then emperor, named the area "Chiunglin," which has been widely used till now.
Currently, there are eight ancestral shrines in Chiunglin Village, including the Tsai Ancestral Shrine (the main shrine), the Hsintsang Shang Erfang Shiyishi Shrine, the Kengchianfang Liushi Shrine, the Hsintsang Hsia Erfang Liushi & Shishi Shrines (two shrines built on one site), the Chiantingfang Liushi Shrine, the Tatsuofang Shishi Shrine, and the Fanpo Shrine, all of which were built between the mid-Ming dynasty and the early Ching dynasty in the main districts of the village (one shrine in one main district). The shrines are in the form of traditional courtyard houses with a symmetrical layout. Such structures as the Tsai Family Shrine, the Hsintsang Shang Erfang Shiyishi Shrine, and the Hsintsang Hsia Erfang Liushi & Shishi Shrines are equipped with large column-and-tie construction and delicate carvings. Also, there are lots of historical tablets left by those who passed imperial examinations in pursuit of official positions. At the time around every winter solstice, an ancestor-worshipping ceremony is conducted here, which is viewed as valuable intangible cultural heritage.

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